NEW YORK – Funny is good, but not on Easter Monday, according to the Vatican’s ambassador to the United Nations.
Cardinal Seamus O’Flanagan introduced a motion to the General Assembly Monday morning to cancel April Fool’s Day, which this year falls on Easter Monday.
“Two thousand years of history and theology must be respected,” he said in prepared remarks.
“April Fool’s Day is a harmless modern tradition, but it must take a backseat to Easter Monday.”
The motion received nearly universal support, receiving no ‘nay’ votes. Irkistan’s ambassador was the lone abstention.
Not everyone supports the idea of cancelling the annual tradition, however.
“We get one day of the year to be funny,” said Richard Tarlton, a professor at Will Kempe College.
The instructor in the faculty of modern cultures said it’s a mistake to underestimate the significance of cultural touchstones like April 1st.
“I think the research is clear: take away April Fool’s and you’ll see a rise in anhedonia particularly and despondency generally.”
Canada voted to suspend April Fool’s Day.
“It’s one year. April Fool’s will be back next year,” said Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations, Truro-born Sam Foote.
“This year, though, we’re asking Canadians to refrain from pranks and humour for the entire day,” he said.