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March 29, 2020 4 min read

by Masood Mahmood

March is finally drawing to a close, and the new month is only a few days away. We all know what that means. This is the time to get out those fake props and fill up your water balloons. Gear up with your favorite pranks because April Fools’ Day is almost here!

 

Every year on the first of April, people all around the world celebrate April Fool’s Day by playing practical jokes and silly hoaxes on their friends and family. Some will make prank calls to their loved ones, some will prepare funny meals for their family, and others will wake their siblings up in the morning with a loud air horn.

 

All in all, it is a joyous celebration of supposedly harmless jokes to break away from the monotony and seriousness of everyday life. If you are a lively person, the chances are that you too celebrate this day with much fervor and zeal. But have you ever wondered how this celebration came into being?

 

Today, test your knowledge about one of the days that is anxiously awaited the entire year. In this blog post, we will discuss everything there is to talk about the day we all look forward to. Origin, history and how it is celebrated around the world.

Origin and History

April Fools’ Day sometimes known as All Fools’ Day, is celebrated in most parts of the world on the 1st of April. First being celebrated several hundred years ago, the tradition gained popularity in the 19th century and is now celebrated with a whole lot of ardor and enthusiasm every year.

There are many different stories in different parts of the world, explaining how the day came into being. However, one of the most widely known and accepted theories of the origin of the Day sprouts from France.

 

According to this theory, in the Middle Ages, people in most European towns regarded March 25th as the start of the New Year.

 

However, with the popularization of the modern New Year calendar, people started to regard those following the ancient system as fools. Hence, those who celebrated the start of the New Year back in January would mock those who rejoiced at the end of the March, by playing practical jokes on them.

 

This practice was especially popular in France but was soon taken up by the rest of the world as well. And that is how a worldwide, annual celebration of silly jokes came into being.

Celebrations In Different Countries

Since then, an observation of comedic pranks has become a part of the culture of most countries, especially of the west. In some regions, these traditions even border on bizarre. Let us look at some of the most popular and exciting ways to celebrate this day around the world.

United Kingdom

April Fools’ Day is a beloved event in the United Kingdom. All through the country, people prank their loved ones by subjecting them to harmless but mischievous tricks. However, if you are in the UK this April, make sure that you put a stop to the hoaxes at noon. Anyone who plays a prank after the clock strikes 12 is himself considered the “April Fool.”

Scotland

April Fool’s Day was initially called “huntigowk day” in Scotland, though the term has become quite obsolete now. This name originated from the phrase “Hunt the Gawk,” which loosely translates to “hunt the fool.” The classic way to celebrate this day in Scotland would be to give the victim a sealed envelope with a letter that says, “Dinna laugh, dinna smile. Hunt the gawk another mile.” The victim would be asked to deliver this sealed message to another person.

 

Upon receiving this message, the recipient would write a similar letter of his own and ask the victim to carry it to the first person. This is to go on until the pranksters decide to reveal the joke to the victim.

Ireland

Ireland celebrates April Fools’ much like the Scottish do. In their version of the messenger prank, the messenger is asked to carry the letter to a new person, and so on. In this way, a whole chain of people are involved in the prank.

Ukraine

Odessa in Ukraine is the only city that observes a public holiday to honor April Fools’ Day. The glorious festivities of this colorful day in Ukraine include a parade, free concerts, street performances and fairs. The people refer to this day as the Humorina.

Conclusion

Are you ready for the latest pranks coming this April? What are some of the unique jokes that you have ever played on someone, or someone has played on you? You can be sure the sinister among us is conjuring up their latest prank. Will you be the one targeted this year? Or is this the year that you will surprise your friends.


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