Where did April Fools Day Come From?

April 2, 2009

So I really thought that April Fools day was just another Hallmark Holiday like Valentine’s day that was invented by some other savvy company that wanted to sell a bunch of joke stuff on this day. How wrong I was. Apparently April Fools is part of many cultures as a coming of spring celebration and a time for basically lots of silly partying and good times (which has translated into just silliness these days). Read this excerpt from an MSN article about the holiday it is very interesting:

The most widespread theory of the origin of April Fools’ Day is the switch from the old Julian to the Gregorian calendar (now in use) in the late 16th century. Under the Julian calendar, the New Year was celebrated during the week between March 25 and April 1, but under the Gregorian calendar, it was moved to Jan. 1. Those who were not notified of the change, or stubbornly kept to the old tradition, were often mocked and had jokes played on them on or around the old New Year.

So just another case of not judging a holiday by it’s cover 🙂 And now you know a little bit more about a day that started out as a celebration of the seasons and is now just a silly day to play practical jokes.


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