Origins and Traditions of April Fools’ Day

April Fools’ Day – The History of the Fools

Although it is not officially recognized, April Fools’ Day is commonly celebrated on the 1-st of April in many parts of the world. People devote the day to making pranks and jokes both at home and at work. Learn the history and traditions of your favorite holiday and improve your mastery of practical jokes right now!


Origin of April Fools’ Day

Although the true roots of the holiday remain a mystery until now, there are two popular versions. According to the first tale, an April Fool was a person who refused to celebrate the New Year according to the new Georgian calendar that moved the holiday from the end of March to the 1-st of January. The other tale connects the emergence of April Fools’ Day to medieval festivals, such as the Feast of Fools and Hilaria, that intended to make laugh at the well-established traditions and religious values.

World’s Traditions of April Fools’ Day

It is an American tradition to shout “April Fools” after playing a trick on someone. On the other hand, the Europeans yell “April Fish.” In addition, the European April Fools’ Day cards often depict a fish as a symbol of the holiday. Also, in Great Britain everyone stops pranking at midday and those people who continue playing tricks become fools themselves.

Best April Fools’ Pranks

There are many April Fool’s tricks that inspire the pranksters all over the world. Here we provide three best practical jokes in the history of the holiday.

  1. In 1957, BBC news program Panorama outlined homegrown spaghetti harvest in Switzerland. After the report, the channel received many calls from the Americans who wanted to find out how to grow their own spaghetti at home.
  2. BBC Radio 2 announced that the Earth would lose gravity due to the rare astronomical positions of the planets in 1976. People were told to jump in the air and experience a floating feeling.
  3. In 1962, the Swedish TV channel reported that the station could be viewed in color if people cut up stockings and placed them over the TV screens.

Get prepared to celebrate the awesome holiday of April Fools’ Day, and create your own pranks to improve the moods of the people around you.