April Fools Day 2020 History: When is April Fool’s Day celebrated, history

April Fools Day 2020 History: When is April Fool’s Day celebrated, history

April Fools Day is celebrated on April 1 every year. On this day people joke with each other. There are different trends regarding this day in every country. In many countries fun is done till noon. Fool’s Day is tomorrow, in such a way, tell you when and why this day started and what is the story related to it.

April Fool’s Day is celebrated not only in India but all over the world. Some countries have a holiday on April 1. But in some countries including India, there is no holiday on April Fool’s Day. All types of jokes are allowed on April 1. Not only this, those who have fun with them do not mind.

That’s how it started

There are many stories about April Fool. April Fools’ Day (Fool’s Day) is said to have begun in France in 1582. Then Pope Charles IX replaced the old calendar with a new Roman calendar. It is said that during this period some people kept celebrating the new year on the old date and they were called April Fools. At the same time, his joke was also celebrated, although in many places its beginning is also said to be 1392, but there is no strong evidence of this.

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April Fools Day 2020 History: When is April Fool’s Day celebrated, history

In France, Italy, Belgium, paper fish are made and pasted and made fun of. On the other hand, in Spanish speaking countries, April Fool is celebrated on 28 December, which is called Day of Holy Innocents. Iranian Persians tighten each other on the 13th day of the new year, it is the day of April or two. It is celebrated on one May in Denmark and is called Maj-kat.

Fools tale

The earliest recorded association between April 1 and stupidity is found in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392). Many authors state that the practice of celebrating January 1 as New Year’s Day was started in the 16th century to mark a holiday. But this theory does not refer to earlier references.

If we look at the history, then on April 1, there have been many fun events, due to which this day was celebrated as April Fool’s Day. 

 As in 1539 the Flemish poet ‘Dayne’ wrote about a rich man who, on 1 April, sent his servants out for foolish deeds. 

– On 1 April 1698, many people were tricked into the Tower of London to ‘watch the washing of the lions’. 

Canterbury tales

 Author Canterbury Tales (1392) wrote one of his stories ‘Nun’s Priest’s Story’ on 30 March and 2 days. hich due to a mistake in printing turned out to be 32 March, which was actually the day of 1 April. In this story a boastful hen was fooled by a clever fox. After this mistake, it was said that the fox fooled the chicken on April 1. 

– At the same time, ‘Canterbury Tales (1392)’ by Geoffrey Chaucer, the great writer of English literature, is the first book where the relationship between an April and an idiot was mentioned. 

There are many stories that caused a lot of fun on the first April and some plans were made, due to which April 1 started to be celebrated in a fun way as April Fool’s Day. According to the story Nuns Priest’s Tale, the engagement date of King Richard II of England and Queen Anne of Bohemia was declared March 32, which the people of the country accepted as true and became foolish. Since then, 32 March i.e. 1 April is celebrated as April Fool’s Day.

● Where does the April Fool come from?

Let’s not drown the fish: there is no exclusive story of the origin of the party. If the birth of the “April Fool” dates back, according to dictionaries, to the 15th century to designate a “matchmaker” or “a young boy responsible for carrying his master’s love letters”. In the 16th century to designate a “mackerel” (pimp) or again in the 17th century to qualify a “deception”, no thesaurus has so far been able to make the exegesis in its pages of the curious celebration. Suffice to say that this fish is really … breaded!

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Where does the April Fool come from?

However, many explanations have been put forward over the centuries, some of which are very plausible.

The first –

The most widespread – takes us back to the 16th century. In 1564 more precisely, the date on which King Charles IX decided, by the edict of Roussillon on August 9, to now start the first day of the year on January 1, instead of the probable April 1. In reaction to this sudden change, some refractory people decided to ignore the calendar and to continue to offer their New Year’s gifts on April 1. To make fun of these, the wisest did not hesitate to set traps and other false gifts for them …

Be careful, however, about the anecdote. If the unification of the calendar was well played out in 1564. No writing anywhere mentions a beginning of the year having never started on April 1st. Indeed, before the reform of Pope Gregory XIII which will extend the king’s edict to all of Christendom, New Year’s Day varied according to the cities and regions. What about our famous farcesque fish? Mystery. The story remains good neither flesh nor fish …

The second origin

 of the holiday is said to derive from April itself. A period which was the privileged moment of the mackerel fishermen. herefore the most favorable time to be offered fish. Be careful here too with this anecdote, because according to other versions the month of April corresponded to the prohibition of fishing, because of the period of reproduction of fish … And what about the farce at our fishermen? Mystery … Definitely our fish is swimming in very murky waters!

Finally, note that April 1 may have been born out of the last day of Lent. Period during which, remember that Christians must refrain from eating meat and favor fish. But here too, the problem of pranks and jokes related to our little animal remains. Unfortunately for this anecdote, it also ends in fishtail …

● And elsewhere then?

In English-speaking countries we celebrate what is called April Fool’s Day , or in French the “day of deception”. Scotland, it is customary on this day to go “hunting the fool”. In England, it is customary to redouble your inventiveness and humor. The British sauce hoax takes on a whole new level. The most emblematic of all? The facetious BBC report shot in 1957 on “the spaghetti tree”.

In Germany, we celebrate Aprilscherz, a term introduced in the 19th century indicates the German media Deutschland . During this period, it is customary as in other countries to make jokes and Jemanden in den April schicken (understand: “send someone in April”).

In Spain and in South American countries, it is customary to commemorate the “Day of the Innocent Saints”. An event which traces the massacre of children under two years of age in Bethlehem. Tradition which devoid of any religious connotation has turned into a day of humorous celebration.

In Russia, the “day of the fools” is celebrated and in Portugal, what is called the dia das mentiras or dia das petas is celebrated , namely the “day of lies”.

HISTORY of April Fools Day

In Europe, the celebrations of April 1st become custom around the end of 1500. few years after the adoption of the new Gregorian calendar . In King Charles IX’s France and Habsburg Germany , the tradition begins and then spreads to England (in the eighteenth century) and to other European states.

Legend has it that many French people, opposed to this change or simply careless. Continued to exchange gifts between March and April , celebrating the New Year as in the old days.
Pranksters thus began, to mock them, to give them absurd or empty gifts during non-existent parties. In the empty gift you could find a note with poisson d’avril written : April Fool , in French .

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HISTORY of April Fools Day

In Italy the custom of April 1 is recent: it dates back to the years between 1860 and 1880. The first city to accept the French habit was Genoa , where the passion for April jokes landed in its lively port. The tradition was rooted first among the middle and upper classes, then took hold also among the rest of the population.

Some ideas to enrich your panoply of master joker

At home – April Fools Day

– Stick a sticker (or a small Post-it) under the mouse of the family computer, at the level of the red light. Result: the small arrow no longer moves on the screen, and it’s very annoying. 

– Have three pieces of scotch tape on a five-cent piece and discreetly fix it under the tap (dried beforehand if necessary) in the kitchen, before asking your victim if she can serve you a glass of water …

– An idea that still works: shoes made too small because you will have inserted newspaper there.

– More elaborate: fill a sock with crumpled paper, slip it down the leg of pants also padded with paper or fabric, and make exceed this leg and its foot of the drawer ajar with a chest of drawers. Everything is ready ? You can call the person you want to trap.

• At school – April Fools Day

– Take an eraser, and make a small hole to put a pencil lead. Whoever uses it will write instead of erasing.

– Glue a coin to the floor. You just have to watch the reaction of your victims.

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