April Fools’ Day, sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is one of the most light-hearted days of the year.
New Year’s Day Moves Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on or around April 1.
The new calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated Jan. 1.
That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year’s Day to Jan. 1.
According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1.
The first is that it doesn’t fully account for the spread of April Fools’ Day to other European countries.
The Gregorian calendar was not adopted by England until 1752, for example, but April Fools’ Day was already well established there by that point.
Constantine and Kugel another explanation of the origins of April Fools’ Day was provided by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University.
Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day.
Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event.
“In a way,” explained Prof. Boskin, “It was a very serious day. In those times fools were really wise men. It was the role of jesters to put things in perspective with humor.” This explanation was brought to the public’s attention in an Associated Press article printed by many newspapers in 1983.
Spring Fever it is worth noting that many different cultures have had days of foolishness around the start of April, give or take a couple of weeks.
Observances around the World April Fools’ Day is observed throughout the Western world.
Practices include sending someone on a “Fool’s errand,” looking for things that don’t exist; playing pranks; and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things.
The French call April 1 Poisson d’Avril, or “April Fish.” French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying “Poisson d’Avril” when the prank is discovered.
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