Thursday, June 13, 2024

April fool’s day: How it all began


April 1st has always been a day to celebrate April fool’s day. April fool’s day is an annual custom on April 1st consisting of practical jokes and hoaxes. Jokesters thereby expose their actions afterwards by shouting April fool.This has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures. Although, the exact origin remains a mystery as we have different events we thought led to this. It is also called “All fool’s day” and it has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures. Some historians speculated that it started in 1582 though this is not accepted by all, as there are other events pointing to this day.

For the 1582 event, it happened that France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. In the Julian calendar, the new year began with spring equinox around April 1. So, people who were slow to adjust to the new calendar and failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate the new year on April 1st became the butt of jokes, they were called April fools.

These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as poisson d’avril (April fish), meaning young, “easily hooked” fish and a gullible person.

April fool’s day spread through the 18th century and even became a 2-day event in Some historians have also linked April fool’s day to festivals such as Hilaria, Vernal equinox, etc. Hilaria was celebrated in ancient Rome at the end of March by followers of the cult Cybele. It involved people dressing up in disguises and mocking fellow citizens. It was said to be inspired by Egyptian legend of Isis, Osiris and Seth. While Vernal equinox is the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, when Mother Nature fooled people with changing, unpredictable weather.

Although the exact origin still remains a mystery, April fool’s day has really evolved in modern times. It is now being practiced everywhere, even on TV, Radio, Newspapers, at home, in School, Workplace, Market, etc.

For some people they enjoy it, while some people don’t want it, but it now seems inevitable.

Personally, I love it and if you don’t, you should try to just enjoy the pranks eevensomemaynmamaynmam

Did you prank anyone today? Or were you pranked? Watch out for our April fool anonymous post!

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