Facts about April Fool’s Day
Every year, April Fool’s Day is celebrated on April 1. It is a day when pranksters rejoice and celebrate and the victims of pranks cannot complain or be offended. Practical jokes, white lies and elaborate pranks are all fair game. Listed below are some facts about this day.
1. Origins in France
According to some historians, April Fools’ customs most probably began in France. It stemmed from a calendar change in the 16th century, the moving of New Year’s Day from April 1 to January 1 when the Gregorian calendar was adopted. People who continued to celebrate New Year’s were referred to as “April fools” and people would play tricks on them.
2. Laugh it out
It was believed that this day was a day of laughter and celebration of life by removing evil thoughts from our psyche. People celebrate their happiness and laugh their worries away.
3. Deadline: Noon
Just like Cinderella had a deadline for midnight, in some countries, pranks are only allowed until noon.
4. Two-day celebration
In Scotland, people celebrate April Fool’s for two days. The second day is called “Taily Day” in which people only play pranks using one’s back by sticking papers that say “Kick me” etc.