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Poisson d'avril   

Voulez vous manger?

What? - Third Annual Poisson d’avril Fishery & Bakery Sale

Where? - Outside the IVCC Cafeteria
– Tuesday, April 1, 8 AM until ??
- To celebrate “April Fool’s Day” French style - and to raise funds for WLO student projects.



 And, of course, we have April fish to fool your friends – free with every food purchase! [Don't worry; a copy of the Poisson d'avril legend and "how to" instructions are also included with each food purchase.] Brought to you by the IVCC World Language Organization WLO Enjoy our delicious French treats! Share in a FUN French tradition!


The Legend of Poisson d' Avril

 Poisson d'Avril , or April Fish,  is a French name ascribed to someone who is fooled on April 1st. According to legend, the custom dates to the 16th century. In 1564, King Charles IX of France broke with a 12th century custom by changing the calendar. The King decreed that New Year's Day would occur on January 1 rather than at the spring solstice--ending a traditional week-long celebration of spring and rebirth that had lasted until...April 1. Many people were critical of the change.  Forgetful people and others who resisted the change were mocked by being sent joke gifts.

Also, because in early spring the sun is in Pisces, the pranks were coined "Poisson d'Avril."   April 1st became a fun holiday.  Friends exchange lighthearted presents...often gift-wrapped fish. Children attach fish on the backs of the unsuspecting. Then, everyone shouts, “Poisson d’ avril” when they see a person wearing a fish.


WLO brings this entertaining holiday to IVCC with our spring fundraiser:
World Language Organization
Poisson d’Avril Fishery & Bakery Sale





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