April Fools' Day is a day when it is appropriate to play a prank, trick a friend, or just behave foolishly in general. At the very least, it's better than most days.
Here are a few fun facts about a particularly foolish day:
The origins of April Fools' Day can be traced back to the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria, in which participants dressed up in disguise.
April 1 is known around the world as April Fools' Day. Since time immemorial, this day has been associated with many fascinating stories and events. The day exemplifies human nature's witty side.
What was the origin of April Fools' Day?
Some scholars say it started in the 1500s when the Julian calendar (with the new year beginning around the March equinox) was replaced by the Gregorian calendar (with the new year beginning on January 1st). Some people were ridiculed if they were unaware of the change and chose to use the old calendar.
April 1 is known in France as "Poisson d'Avril," or "April Trout." When a French kid tapes an image of a fish to their classmates' backs, they yell "Poisson d'Avril" when the joke is found.
The perfect way to celebrate:
April Fools' Day is celebrated around the world on April 1st. Having anyone look for things that don't exist, playing pranks, and attempting to get people to believe ridiculous things are all standard activities.
In Sweden in the 1960s, there was only one black-and-white television station. The announcement that viewers could convert their sets to show color was made as an April Fool's joke. It was as simple as pulling a nylon stocking over the screen.