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March 21, 2012

2012 April Fool’s Day: History, Common Traditions and Practices

April Fool’s Day which is called All Fool’s Day as well, unlike most of other holidays that with a exact history, that is to say, the history of April Fool’s Day is not that clear. So what is the origin of April Fool’s Day?

The history of April Fool’s Day
Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on or around April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.) In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the New Year. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian calendar) to replace the old Julian calendar. 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. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on “fool’s errands” or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.

April Fool’s Day around the World
April Fool’s Day is a “for-fun-only” observance. It’s simply a fun little holiday, but a holiday on which one must remain forever vigilant, for he may be the next April Fool!
In France today, April 1st is called Poisson d’Avril, which means April Fish. Children tape paper fish to their friends’ backs and when the young “fool” finds out, the prankster yells “Poisson d’Avril!” In England, tricks can only be played in the morning. If a trick is played on you, you are a “noodle.” In Scotland, you are called an “April gowk,” which is another name for a cuckoo bird. In Portugal, April Fools’ is celebrated on the Sunday and Monday before Lent. Pranksters usually throw flour at their friends.

Traditions of April Fool’s Day
Practical jokes are a common practice on April Fool’s Day. Sometimes, elaborate practical jokes are played on friends or relatives that last the entire day. The news media even gets involved. For instance, a British short film once shown on April Fool’s Day was a fairly detailed documentary about “spaghetti farmers” and how they harvest their crop from the spaghetti trees.
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.

Download April Fool’s Day Pranks videos and learn how to play a trick on the victims, LOL…

March 23, 2011

Something You Should Know About April Fools’ Day—General Knowledge Necessary to Help You Better Enjoy This Day

The origin of April Fools’ Day

April Fools’ Day is also called All Fools’ Day, the traditional folk festival in both American and other countries in the west. April Fools’ Day is similar to Hilaria from ancient Rome and Holi from India. Seen from the view of time, the weather changes suddenly so it seems that it is the nature play a trick on human beings. As to the origin of April Fools’ Day, there are many statements. A statement says that it comes from a festival in India on which people can make fun of each other and play tricks on each other, regardless of male or female, elder or youngster.

 The custom of April Fools’ Day

The most typical activities on April Fools’ Day still go to making fun of each other and playing tricks on each other. Some people will throw the fine string tied wallet to the street and then hide in dark corner; they will haul the wallet away once it is picked up by someone. Other people will put a brick under a worn cap and then wait to see who will kick on it. Children will told their parents that there is a hole in their bag or there is a speck on their face, when adults lean over to have a look they will fool them as April fools. Zoos and aquariums will also receive calls from fishes to lions which will annoy the staffs much, so usually they will cut off the telephone line to avoid bothering.

 The legend of April Fools’ Day

In 1564, the French king decided to adopt the new chronology—the Gregorian calendar, known as the solar calendar today. It set January 1 as the beginning of the year but not April 1. But some conservatives were against this reform and sending New Year gifts on April 1 according to the old calendar. Reform advocators mocked these people. On April 1, they gave those fake gifts and invited them to fake parties. From then on, playing tricks on April 1 has become a tradition. When people were cheated, the player would cry out “POISSON D’AVRIL” which meant “April prank”.

 April Fools’ Day in modern times

New age endows April Fools’ Day with new content, more and more hoaxes have been dug out by people. Except for the old tricks, people begin to play tricks on people with new technologies. For example, some computer programs will help you to carry out these April Fools’ hoaxes. You can also download a piece of funny video from the internet with free FLV downloader. And then you can convert FLV to video in any formats. Funny videos can arouse happy mood, when you share it with the other people they receive your laughter at the same time. And if is not funny enough, you can also create a funny video by yourself. For example, the video in which you are saying your last words may shock people around you and your have achieve the goal in this April Fools’ Day.

 And now I guess you have got something about April Fools’ Day. Are you ready for it? Fool or be fooled? LOL…

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