hello, my friends!
This photo was taken 2 days ago in Santa Monica, California.
My congratulations on the April Fool's Day!
This funny event has got rich history.
Precursors of April Fools' Day include the Roman festival of Hilaria, held March 25, and the Medieval Feast of Fools, held December 28, still a day on which pranks are played in Spanish-speaking countries.
In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392), the "Nun's Priest's Tale" is set Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two. Modern scholars believe that there is a copying error in the extant manuscripts and that Chaucer actually wrote, Syn March was gon. Thus, the passage originally meant 32 days after April, i.e. 2 May, the anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia, which took place in 1381. Readers apparently misunderstood this line to mean "March 32", i.e. April 1. In Chaucer's tale, the vain cock Chauntecleer is tricked by a fox.
In 1508, French poet Eloy d'Amerval referred to a poisson davril (April fool, literally "April fish"), a possible reference to the holiday. In 1539, Flemish poet Eduard de Dene wrote of a nobleman who sent his servants on foolish errands on April 1. In 1686, John Aubrey referred to the holiday as "Fooles holy day", the first British reference. On April 1, 1698, several people were tricked into going to the Tower of London to "see the Lions washed".
In the Middle Ages, up until the late 18th century, New Year's Day was celebrated on March 25 (Feast of the Annunciation) in most European towns. In some areas of France, New Year's was a week-long holiday ending on April 1. Many writers suggest that April Fools originated because those who celebrated on January 1 made fun of those who celebrated on other dates. The use of January 1 as New Year's Day was common in France by the mid-16th century, and this date was adopted officially in 1564 by the Edict of Roussillon. (from Wikipedia)
Greetings from Los Angeles!
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COSTANTINO (66210) 2014-03-31 22:55
Good morning dear friend
nice and pleasant portrait of this little boy
I like the expresson of his face and
particularly his eyes looking towards
your information are very interesting
thanks for this shot I would like to
be a child now
have a nice day
Sergiom (81847) 2014-04-01 5:42
J'aime bien ce beau portrait. Le petit garçon doit avoir bien hâte que les dents du devant poussent pour remplir ce grand trou dans sa bouche.
saxo042 (37900) 2014-04-01 5:44
What? Me worry? A nice boy here, is his name Alfred E. Neuman? A very good portrait and very attractive colours.
holmertz (54337) 2014-04-01 7:49
So you are back in the US, while Putin is "Back in the USSR" :-).
A funny and cute picture of this cheerful kid, nicely singled out in the crowd. He really seems to enjoy your camera. You captured his wide grin very well with perfect colours and light.
Enjoy your journey,
jcpix (13930) 2014-04-01 15:56
Welcome back to America my dear friend! :)
Would you look at this big, toothless smile...how can I not put a smile on my own face when seeing this, I love it! Of all the things there are to see and do in L.A., you've captured the happiest part with this shot! I'll keep it simple because I know you're a busy man, out and about enjoying the many sides of California. Be well, talk to you soon.
All my best wishes,
photoray (13981) 2014-04-01 16:27
Good candid of this youngster whose smile obviously means he enjoys being in Santa Monica.
With your California trip we are certainly closer to each other than your home town, yet about 500 miles away for I live near Sacramento.
Hope you enjoy your SoCal visit,
I miss it but not the crowds,
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-04-02 0:08
a fascinating photo with very nice composition and beautiful details, superb colours and the timing is excellent,
fritzi007 (11069) 2014-04-02 15:10
Gratulation zu deiner Reise nach Kalifornien, auch du bist ein Glückspilz, ich beneide dich darum. Dein Foto und Kommentar sind große Klasse
annjackman (21899) 2014-04-03 22:43
The wide smile makes this child look so very cute especially as he is missing some teeth. A lovely, spontaneous portrait showing fun at Santa Monica.
Very well taken.
Kind Regards, Ann