April Fool’s day, sometimes called All Fools Day, is an annual custom on April 1st. The aim of this day is to make jokes and hoaxes to someone you know (or not) by shouting to him or her “April Fools”.

History of “April Fools’ Day”

April Fool’s day has been celebrated for several centuries yet its origin remains a mystery. There are many theories but some historians speculate that it dates back to 1582 when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. It means that people who did not get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the New Year had moved to January 1st, continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1st.

How is April Fools’ day celebrated?

Most of the time the children celebrate it, they usually tell each other that their shoelaces are undone and then shout “April Fool” when the recipient glances at their feet. However, the norm is that anyone can participate with funny, simple, and harmless jokes and hoaxes.

Celebrations of April Fools’ Day around the world:

Many countries have adopted this tradition. The idea is quite similar across the globe however there are small differences and variations in celebrations from one country to another. In England or Ireland, they fool until midday and most of the time, media play a huge part in this tradition by publishing hoaxes. In Scotland it is known as “Hunt the Gowk day” “Gowk” means a foolish person in Scottish. The first day is for pranking and hoaxing people and the second day is “Tailie Day”, paper tails are attached to people’s back.

Some prank ideas:

If you would like to make jokes and be inspired by some hoaxes here are some examples that might give you an idea for the D-day. In 1957, a new British broadcast told to its audience that in Ticino a Swiss region had had an “exceptionally heavy spaghetti crop” that year. In 2002, a British supermarket published an advertisement in the newspaper announcing a genetically modified “whistling carrot”. Or if you prefer making something yourself there are plenty of ideas such as filling completely a car or a room with tennis balls, putting a drawing of an insect inside a lamp to scare someone when they switch on the light, replacing toothpaste by shampoo, and many more.

April Fools’ Day is a day of creativity and challenging each other and who will be the best prankster.

Do you have already your idea?

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