March 27, 2016

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April Fool's day

As the first of April is approaching the first thing which comes into our mind is pranks, jokes, laughter and lots of fun. The first of April is also known as the “April Fool’s Day” and the traditional practise of this day is to play some sort of practical joke on someone and make him the “April Fool”. 

The April fool pranks ranges from the simple (such as saying that your shoelaces are untied!) to the precised one. The trickster usually ends the prank by yelling to his victim, “April fool!”. It is commonly believed that in Medieval France, New Year was celebrated on 1st April. Then in 1562, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar according to which the New year was to be celebrated on 1 January. Due to the absence of modern communication systems, the news travelled slowly and the people who have a tendency to question new things also ignored the change. Thus, some forgot it and some of them refused to accept the change. Therefore, these people are called fools and invitations to fake ‘New year” parties were sent and other practical pranks were played on them. 

This mocking evolved over time into a custom of playing pranks on 1 April. This tradition then spread to Scotland and and it was later moved to the American colonies of the English and the French. April Fools Day has now emerged as an international festival of fun and people from different nationalities celebrate this day in their own special ways. 

Most of the April Fool jokes are in good fun and not meant to harm anyone. The best trick is the one where everyone laughs including the person upon whom the prank has been played.


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