April fool’s Day (History and Facts)
April fool’s Day is also known as “All fool’s day” in one of the most cheerful day’s which is commemorated on April 1. On this day, people play April fool jokes and expose their prank by shouting “April fool(s)” at the unfortunate victim. The Jokes cracked on that day and the victim on which the jokes are playing are called April fools. But the day is not a public holiday. It is popular since the 19th century. Moreover, some people believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar. Many magazines, newspaper, media etc spread and published the fake news on that day as a prank and later on next they reveal about their prank. All the friends, students and even family members make April fool each other and enjoying that day with butts of jokes and pranks.
APRIL FOOL’S DAY HISTORY
There are many stories behind the origin of April fool’s Day. In Ancient Roman times, Ancient Romans and Celts celebrated a festival of practical joking at the end of March. Some believes that in 1392, it was founded by Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. A fox trick proud rooster Chauntecleer on syn March bigan thritty dayes and two in “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale”. By the word Syn March, the Chaucer probably meant 32 days after March (May 2).
This day first referred in France in 1508 by a French poet Eloy d’Amerval referred to a poisson d’avril. The Flemish poet Eduard de Dene wrote of a nobleman who sent his servants on foolish errands on April 1 in 1539.
In 1572, the April fool’s Day is often attributed to the Dutch victory at Brielle in Netherland. Later, John Aubrey referred to the celebration as “Fooles holy day” in 1686 where many people were tricked into going to the Tower of London.
In Belgian, French and Italian adults and children, they celebrate this day by attaching paper fishes on the backs of their friends and then shouted loudly April fish!
In 1762, the British introduced the April Fools’ Day to the Filipinos and later they occupied the Spanish bastion in Manila. They were made to wear a yellow-colored sash and mocked by other British soldiers as a subject.
In Poland, the April fool’s day is called “Prima Aprilis,” which is Latin for the first of April and they celebrate this day with plenty of jokes. In Scotland, this day is termed as Hunt-the-Gowk-Day. The word gowk is the Scottish word which is referred to a cuckoo.
APRIL FOOL’S DAY FACTS
There are various facts that you should not about the April Fools’ Day:
- The people throw flour at each other in some countries as a part of festivals.
- It is also linked to the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria and also referred to the first day of spring.
- The Korean Royal Family also celebrates this day and allowed to lie and play pranks.
- In Scotland, they celebrate two days as fools’ days. The first is called April fool’s Day and second is called “Taily day,” in which people play pranks only using one’s back part and they stick papers saying, “Kick me”.
- On 1 April 2016, Google launched a Mic Drop Gmail features that allow users to send emails with an animated GIF depicting a minion dropping a microphone and they aware about the prank when people click on the send button but unwittingly business emails were sent. Then the Mic Drop feature is removed after some hours.
- On 1 April 2017, Musical.ly app now referred to as Tik Tok, makes everyone account as a verified account and give them crown but next day the crown was removed.
- The most popular prank by the French is to stick a paper fish on someone’s body without their knowledge and to shout “April Fish.”
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