April Fools’ Day – April 1, 2013

Just around the corner is one of the funniest days of the year! April Fools’ Day! But where did such a silly holiday come from? Let’s find out!

April Fools’ Day is celebrated in the U.S. and many other countries on April 1st. It is also called All Fools’ Day or “April Fish!” in Italy, France and Belgium (because of the game of trying to attach a paper fish to a person’s back without them knowing). It is not a national holiday, but many people celebrate it throughout their day by playing harmless jokes on family, coworkers, classmates, teachers, and friends.

There are many theories on where the holiday got it’s start. It could have originated from the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria, which was held around March 25th. Or, possibly, the Medieval Festival of Fools held on December 28th. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, which was published around 1392, mentions a story dealing with April Fools’ Day. Some scholars believe that the date Chaucer mentioned is May 2nd. Other scholars believe that his story has been misinterpreted and that the actual date is April 1st. On the Persian Calendar there is a special holiday, Sizdah Bedar, that occurs around April 1st or 2nd, and this may be the true origins of this silly holiday. No matter what country, or version of events you may believe, what is true is that in almost every country in the world there is a special day dedicated to pranks, humor, and fun. 

Have some fun this April 1st, and have a very happy April Fools’ Day!

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