As it typically is at this point and time in our lives, April Fools' Day is April 1st. This year April 1st is a Wednesday--Holy Wednesday. It happens that the next day, Thursday, is Maundy Thursday. I wonder how the typical person in North America will perceive and experience Wednesday, April 1st this year? Will they primarily see it as April Fools' Day or Holy Wednesday that leads into Maundy Thursday or both? Does it matter?
April Fools' Day is a well recognized day when people play practical jokes, hoaxes, and supposedly harmless pranks on each other. Maundy Thursday, in the Christian tradition, is day of the observance of the Lord's Supper by Jesus and the Apostles, and a day of Maundy. It initiates the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. While there are several traditions around the concept of Maundy, one of significance is the washing of one each other's feet--especially the feet of the poor.
In many places in North America this Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday commemorating the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, and ends with Easter or Resurrection Sunday, is also Spring Break from schools. That presents a life challenge for many Christians who will likely celebrate and observe Spring Break practices rather than Holy Week practices. But our God gets the last laugh as the tomb could not contain our Lord who rose from the tomb on Resurrection Sunday.