The History of April Fools

Aprils fools, also known as “All fool’s day”, is the one day of the year where you can mercilessly prank your family members, classmates and coworkers, all in good fun. April Fools is celebrated on April 1st every year, all around the world, and is probably one of the weirdest unofficial holidays ever.

What is crazy is that no one is 100% sure where this silly holiday originated from, but there is one theory that most people believe. The theory is that April fools began in 1532 in France during the alteration of the Calendar. Before they started using the altered version of the old calendar (The Gregorian calendar), people use to celebrate new years for 8 days, from March 25th to April 1st. When the calendar systems were switched, it moved from April 1st to January 1st , date which signified the start of the new year. Since there was no way to inform everyone about the new changes, this meant that some people still celebrated new years the old way, from March 25 to April 1st. This caused people that celebrated new years in January to make fun of the uninformed ‘fools’ celebrating it the old way (in April). These jokes evolved into a tradition that happens every 1st of April, hence April fool’s day.

Around the World

Since April fools is an international holiday, different countries celebrate it in different ways. In France, April 1st is called Poisson d’Avril (April’s fish),a day in which little kids have to secretly tape photos of fish on their classmate’s backs. In Scotland, April Fools’ lasts a whole two days and the victims of the pranksters are called gowks (cuckoo birds). The second day is known as Taily Day and always involves pranks having to do people’s backsides. On the other hand, in England, April fools is only celebrated until noon, and if pranks are played after that, the prankster is called an April fool.

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Poisson d’Avril in France 

Nowadays even big media corporations celebrate it. For example, Burger King once announced that they would be offering the left-handed burger and said they ” made it for the 32 million left-handed Americans”. The following day Burger King released a statement saying that the revolutionary left-handed burger was just a joke, and the weird thing is that many customers actually went into their stores and asked for it.

Overall, I hope you were successful at pranking you friends and family this past April Fool’s day, and as William Shakespeare said “better to be a witty fool than a foolish wit”

Featured Image: https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/april-fools-day-start/story?id=46475042

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