History Of April Fools Day

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There are many speculated reasons for April 1st to be known as April Fools’ Day and I am here to tell you all about them. Some historians believe that April Fools’ day dates back to 1582 when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. People were late to get the news that a new year started on January 1st and continued to celebrate the start of the year during the start of April. These people were largely made fun of and were made fun of in many jokes and pranks. Historians have linked April Fools’ Day to festivals such as Hilaria which was celebrated in Ancient Rome and involved people dressing up in disguises. Some people also believe that April Fools’ Day was tied to the vernal equinox or the first day of Spring for people in the Northern Hemisphere. People were tricked by the changing weather at the start of April. The celebration of April Fools’ Day spread to Britain where a two day celebration would take place. The first is people would get sent on phony errands as a joke, the second day would include people putting signs like “kick me” on other people as jokes. April Fools’ Day has a rich history going back many years.

 

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