Members Area
Countdown to Christmas --
Visit My Merry Christmas on Facebook!   Visit My Merry Christmas on Twitter!   Get My Merry Christmas on RSS

My Merry Christmas Announcement

Home Submit Article New in the Library What's Popular Search

» What's New
santahat Remember when Black...
by MMC Editor
11-12-2013 12:55 AM
Last post by holidaycraze12
05-24-2014 11:22 PM
27,619 Views  5 Posts
santahat The Real History of the...
by MMC Editor
10-24-2013 12:44 PM
24,053 Views  0 Posts
santahat The Mistletoe Bough...
by MMC Editor
10-17-2013 06:19 AM
Last post by Virginia
10-30-2013 03:04 AM
2 Posts
Christmas Tree A Christmas Tree for Cats
by MMC Editor
10-11-2013 08:21 AM
40,438 Views  0 Posts
Christmas Tree The Birds' Christmas...
by MMC Editor
10-11-2013 06:59 AM
Last post by Virginia
10-30-2013 03:12 AM
40,616 Views  1 Posts
» Random Entries
by MMC Editor
05-31-2002 09:33 PM
46,502 Views  0 Posts
Top Ten Ways Santa Knows...
by MMC Editor
06-13-2002 03:55 PM
47,221 Views  0 Posts
The Santa Clause 2...
by MMC Editor
06-09-2011 09:11 PM
0 Posts
The Year the Reindeer...
by MMC Editor
06-09-2002 08:17 PM
65,403 Views  0 Posts
The Polar Express (Movie...
by MMC Editor
06-09-2011 09:00 PM
44,519 Views  0 Posts
Feast of Fools
Report to Moderator Old 06-08-2002 09:33 PM
MMC Editor
Views: 54,672
Replies: 0
By Brenna Hall

The Feast of Fools was a big celebration that started in the middle ages.

It was a day when the classes switched places, put aside all of their Christian values and played tricks. Some of the behavior people participated in was cross-dressing, gambling on the church altars, singing rude songs and drunkenness. Higher up classes such as knights, lords, ladies, etc. did the tasks of villagers and the villagers were able to order them around.

They would also choose a young boy to be the pope or bishop for the day. The Feast of Fools was a day when there were no rules. Everyone did what they wanted. The "Fools" were given names such as "lord or lady of foolishness", "unreason", "chaos" or "the king or queen of fools". This was not a title to be proud of. But for that day everyone had to obey orders given to them by these "chosen" people.

Most of Europe participated in The Feast Of Fools. It was celebrated in France, England, Scotland and other countries as well. People in Paris were particularly known for their outrageous behavior. When the Feast of Fools was celebrated in France it was often held at Notre Dame and Disney's Hunch Back of Notre Dame is an example of the Feast of Fools.

The Catholic Church tried many times to get rid of the Feast of Fools but failed because the people liked it. In the fifteenth century the embarrassed Catholic Church was finally able to put a stop to the partying in Notre Dame. But it wasn't until the sixteenth century that they were able to completely banish this day of foolery.

The Feast of Fools was celebrated every year on New Year's Day. But at that time, New Year's Day was on what is April 1st today. When the calendar was changed to what we have today, some people still celebrated the Feast of Fools in April and that is where April Fools Day comes from.
This article is copyrighted. Use of this article in part or whole is strictly prohibited. For reprint, quotation, or excerpt use please contact Merry Network LLC.

Tags: None
Send to Friend

Rate Article:

Category Jump
» Featured
Top Ten Christmas Videos...
by Jeff Westover
12-16-2013 08:10 AM
15,156 Views  0 Posts
santahat Remember when Black...
by MMC Editor
11-12-2013 12:55 AM
Last post by holidaycraze12
05-24-2014 11:22 PM
27,619 Views  5 Posts
Annual Survey of...
by MMC Editor
09-16-2013 08:19 AM
Last post by icetene33
10-21-2013 04:04 PM
20,546 Views  2 Posts
Snowman2 Top Five Christmas Hoaxes
by MMC Editor
09-09-2013 02:14 PM
26,384 Views  0 Posts
stocking Santa Smoking: Why is...
by Jeff Westover
10-11-2012 08:10 AM
Last post by HollyJolly
09-02-2013 08:30 AM
44,307 Views  6 Posts
» Recent Comments
How does Santa get down the chminey?
How will he enter the house if someone don't have chimney or fireplace??
by RDxmas on 07-07-2014 09:56 AM
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
I get annoyed when sales for black Friday start on thanksgiving. It's called black Friday not black Thursday.
by holidaycraze12 on 05-24-2014 11:22 PM
Why There Really Is a Santa Claus
well stated !
by Christmasstar on 05-06-2014 06:19 AM
Hot Cocoa or Hot Chocolate: A Matter of Taste
It's hard to find good writing now a days. But you have done a great job with all these sharing hot Cocoa and hot Chocolate. That's interesting. Thanks for sharing.
by Riccardo Vasquez on 04-04-2014 01:38 AM
The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My top favorite Christmas Sitcoms: All from M*A*S*H , Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley. Step By Step - I'll Be Home For Christmas
by Minta on 04-01-2014 10:33 AM
» Christmas Library Stats
Christmas Library Statistics Categories: 31, Articles: 352, Posts: 137, Total Views 19,019,367