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History of April Fool's Day!

The tradition of the April Fool's holiday, also known as all fools day, can be traced back to 1582 in France. During that time period, a new calendar was introduced. The New Year was to beging on January 1st, when it had previously been celebrated for eight days, from March 25th-April 1st. Communication those days was very slow, and some peopled didn't recieve news of the change until years after it had happened. Some people even refused the adoption of new calendar, and continued to celebrate the old-new year's day. The people who unknowingly, or knowingly who celebrated these days in the spring were labeled fools and others played practical jokes on them. Usually, the trickster tries to trick the other person into believing something that is false. This became a tradition and continues on the first day of April, every year.

April Fool's pranks or jokes are usually pretty harmless. No one gets off work or school for this holiday, and gifts are not exchanged. It's not really a big holiday in the United States, but many people take advantage of the excuse to make an April Fool out of someone.

There are many very famous practicle jokes that have been played when the media has gotten involved. For example, in 1957 BBC claimed that the "spaghetti weevils" had be eradicated from the spaghetti farms in Italy. Many people then called the station wanting to know how to grow their own spaghetti trees!

If you are looking for a great April Fool's joke to play on you friends or loved ones check online for ideas or come up with your own! Either way, April Fool's will continue to be a fun little holiday to celebrate the beginning of spring!

Danielle Cassidy
Thu, 01 Apr 2010 19:39:08 +0000

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