What is April Fool’s Day?
April Fools Day which came annually on April 1, which is basically a practical jokes and hoaxes. A person who makes jokes and hoaxes shout at the end of joke ” April Fools” to the recipient. The recipient is a person on which joke is made and are called April fools.
Since 19th century, April 1st is popular as a April Fool’s day. This is not a public holiday in any country except Odessa in Ukraine where the first of April is an official city holiday.
How it Origins?
In different countries, different event leads to the origin of April Fool’s day.
There was a dispute between April 1 and foolishness is in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales which was released in 1392.
In the Nun’s Priest’s Tale, A fox on syn March biggas thritty days and two tricked Chauntecleer. 32 March was mentioned in the lines which directly means April 1st according to the Reader’s.
However, it is never be cleared that its clearly means April 1st because 32 March was written and no more description was ever found till the text which is found in Nun’s Priest’s Tale in which they states the story takes place on the day when the sun is in the signe of Taurus had y runne Twenty degrees and one, which is not on April 1.
A Flemish poet, Eduard de Dene who wrote of a nobleman who sent his servants on foolish errands on April 1 in 1561.
The origin of April Fool’s Day in the Netherlands was attributed to the Dutch Victory in 1572 at Brielle, where the Spanish Duke Alvarez de Toledo whi was defeated. op 1 april verloor Alva Zijn bril is a Dutuch proverb, whose translated in English as : On the first of April, Alva lost his glasses”.
John Aubrey refer to the celebration as “Fools holy day” in 1698. Several people were tricked into going to the tower of London to see the Lions washed on April 1.
How April Fool Day is Celebrated in different Countries?
April Fool Day In United Kingdom
In United Kingdom, on April fool day people used to revealed by shouting April Fool at the recipient. Recipient is the person who becomes the April fool.
In April Fool at UK, the custom got seized at noon which means there will be no longer acceptable to play pranks after noon but if any person play a prank after mid day is considered the April fool themselves.
April fools day was traditionally called Huntigowk Day in Scotland. Huntigowk stands for Hunt The Gowk in which gowk beings Scots for a cuckoo or a foolish person.
Fools known by different names around the country in England like Noodle, Gob, gobby or noddy.
April Fool Day In Ireland
On first April in Ireland, a prankster will write a important letter and entrust the victim. The victim will pass the letter further to other person. When letter was opened the words are written “send a fool further.”
April Fool Day In Poland
On first April in Poland, many peoples prank on people even in public institution or in public places. On this day, serious activities were mainly avoided and everything that was said on that day are untrue. Pranks on April 1 ends at noon And after that, pranks are considered to be an appropriate and not classy.
April Fool Day In Nordic countries
Danes, Finns, Icelanders, Norwegians and Swedes celebrate April fools day on April 1 . In many newspaper there will be a false story on this day which is not a headline but generally on the first great.
April Fool Day In April fish Countries
In Italy, France, Belgium and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada, April 1 tradition is often known as “April fish”.
They were called paper fish because people attach a paper to the back of the recipient so that everyone know that prank has been played on him or her.
April Fool Day In Ukraine
On April 1, different costumes and walk around the city fooling around and pranks with the peoples of the road. Among all these, one of the tradition is to dress up to the main city monument in funny clothes and prank with peoples around.
April Fool Day In Lebanon
On April 1, in Lebanon, prankster revealed the prank on recipient by saying ” كذبة أول نيسان ” which means April First Lie.
April Fool Day In Spanish-speaking countries
In countries where Spanish is spoken by the common peoples and the Philippines, they celebrated Holy Innocents Day which is similar to the April Fool’s Day but it is celebrated in December 27,28 or 29, depend on location.
Types of Pranks
- People Lie to each other on this day which is a common type if prank held around the Global
- People prank on food by replacing the food ingredient.
- On shoes prank
- Prank on dress
- Prank by shouting
- Scary Pranks
- Attaching a paper on the back