FOOLS, FEAST OF


FOOLS, FEAST OF
   a festival of wild mirth in the Middle Ages, held on 1st January, in which the Ass of Scripture celebrity played a chief part, and in which many of the rites and ceremonies of the Church were travestied.

The Nuttall Encyclopaedia. . 1907.

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