The history of April Fool s Day or All Fool s Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year s Day was moved from March 25 – April 1 (new year s week) to January 1. Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1. These people were labeled fools by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on fool errands, sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a poisson d avril or April fish because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke. This harassment evolved over time and a custom of prank-playing continue on the first day of April. This tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English and the French. Because of this spread to other countries, April Fool s Day has taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating the holiday in its own way.
In Scotland, for instance, April Fool s Day is devoted to spoofs involving the buttocks and as such is called Taily Day. The butts of these jokes are known as April Gowk, another name for cuckoo bird. The origins of the Kick Me sign can be traced back to the Scottish observance. In England, jokes are played only in the morning. Fools are called gobs or gobby and the victim of a joke is called a noodle. It was considered back luck to play a practical joke on someone after noon. In Rome, the holiday is known as Festival of Hilaria, celebrating the resurrection of the god Attis, is on March 25 and is also referred to as Roman Laughing Day. In Portugal, April Fool s Day falls on the Sunday and Monday before lent. In this celebration, many people throw flour at their friends. The Huli Festival is celebrated on March 31 in India. People play jokes on one another and smear colors on one another celebrating the arrival of Spring. So, no matter where you happen to be in the world on April 1, don t be surprised if April fools fall playfully upon you.
Easter is always a special holiday for anyone who follows the Catholic religion. Itвs the of Jesus Christ, so itвs a very happy day в and of course, thereвs all the chocolate and candy you get to eat.
This year, though, we get two holidays all at once. , which means that we get to combine two very unlikely holidays and doing that can be a little bit confusing. Donвt worry, though в weвve got a few ideas on how to get ready for the twofer holiday. While, is, wellвnot so holy. Itвs all about pranks and practical jokes, which is probably not exactly what God had in mind when thinking about the celebrations here on Earth. But that doesnвt mean you have to ignore it altogether! If you love tricking someone every year on April 1st, you can do that this year too (but in between mass and Easter lunch). Here are a few ways to make both holidays work at once: 1. Swap out chocolate candy with chocolate-covered veggies. Since April Foolsв Day is falling on Easter, it makes sense to plan some Easter-inspired pranks. A total classic that everyone will be pulling off is replacing candy with something a little bit less delicious. Do something easy, like covering grapes or Brussels sprouts in chocolate, freezing them, and wrapping them up like chocolate eggs. Then sit back and watch as everyone digs in. 2. Just donвt do any pranks at church. Okay, heads up: If youвre going to mass, you shouldnвt plan on doing any practical jokes there.
Itвs just not really the place for that kind of behavior, even if it is April Foolsв Day, and even if you arenвt that religious. 3. Donвt mess with anything important! Pranks are fine, but try not to do anything that is going to seriously mess up someoneвs holiday. Plan fun jokes that will make people laugh, not something thatвs going to be destructive. For example: everyone wants a delicious Easter lunch. Donвt mess with it. 4. Double-check all of your candy before eating it. Be prepared, because swapping candy out for something kind of gross is definitely going to be a really popular prank this year. Just double-check your candy before digging in if you donвt want to deal with it. 5. Plan some family-friendly practical jokes. If youвre going to be with your family all day, plan some jokes that work for everyone instead of just pranking one person. You can do the candy swap, of course, but there really are so many options out there to choose from. 6. Make some funny Easter baskets for everyone. Another good way to get everyone is make Easter baskets that are full of jokes. Maybe throw in some fake bugs, some weird candies, some random items that one wouldnвt expect in an Easter basket. Itвs all in good fun! Now have fun out there, and watch your back!