Laughter Sunday (also known as Holy Humor Sunday, Hilarity Sunday, Bright Sunday or Holy Fools Sunday) has its roots in a number of different Christian traditions.
Churches in 15th century Bavaria used to celebrate the Sunday
after Easter with great hilarity. Priests would deliberately include
amusing stories and jokes in their sermons in an attempt to make
the faithful laugh. After the service, people would gather
together to play practical jokes on one another and tell funny
stories. It was their way of celebrating the resurrection of Christ
– the supreme joke God played on Satan by raising Jesus from the
The observance of Bright Sunday was officially outlawed by
Pope Clement X in the 17th century. Perhaps people were having
too much fun!
We will celebrate Holy Humor Sunday on April 8th. I dare you to come to worship ready to laugh, or at least chuckle. I have some tricks up my sleeve ready to slip out at a moment’s notice!
Your task is to bring the funniest, strangest hat you can find. And wear it.
Don’t have one? Create one starting with a baseball cap or a shoebox or a bucket and go from there. I picked up one at a thrift store that includes a bird’s nest. No, I’m not kidding.