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Do people actually believe this? Yes. AND we have a lot of fun
pranking our friends!

Today is April Fools Day and the headline is a prank. sorry, I just had to do it  lol!

But since you’re here, please, continue reading.

What is the true origin of April Fool’s Day or All Fool’s Day?

No one really knows the exact date .  All Fools’ Day, has been
celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact
origins remain a mystery. Some historians speculate that April Fools’
Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian
calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as was called for by the Council of Trent in 1563.

Those who failed to keep up with the change, who stubbornly clung to the old calendar system and continued to celebrate the New Year during the week that fell between March 25th and April 1st, had jokes played on them.

aprils fools day

Pranksters would surreptitiously stick paper fish to their backs. The victims of this prank were thus called Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish — which, to this day, remains the French term for April Fools — and so the tradition was born.

What Does the Easter Bunny Have To Do With Easter?

Well, to be frank, nothing.

There’s no story in the Bible about a long-eared, cotton-tailed
creature known as the Easter Bunny. Neither is there a passage
about young children painting eggs or hunting for baskets over
flowing with scrumptious Easter goodies.

And real rabbits certainly don’t lay eggs.

Historians have linked April Fools’ Day to ancient festivals such as
Hilaria,
which was celebrated in Rome at the end of March and
involved people dressing up in disguises. There’s also speculation that
April Fools’ Day was tied to the vernal equinox, or first day of spring
in the Northern Hemisphere, when Mother Nature fooled
people with changing, unpredictable weather.

OH that Mother Nature! She still has fun with the Weather.
Yesterday it was 40 degrees and today it’s close to 70.

However, the tradition of practical jokes had been well established by 1632, when legend states that the Duke of Lorraine and his wife
escaped a prison at Nantes by dressing as peasants, walking
right out the front gate. When the guards were alerted to the escape,
they laughed at what they thought was an April Fools’ prank.

lion washing

One of the first April Fools’ pranks occurred in 1698, when citizens of London were tricked into attending the lion-washing ceremony at the Tower of London, a ceremony that did not actually exist.

I would never attempt to give a lion a bath! Would you?

At any rate, all the events, Holidays, words we use, games we play, songs we sing, can be traced back to someone somewhere in the past.

So, while you’re playing a joke on your friends, make sure to keep it fun!

April Fools Day

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