Why Do We Celebrate April Fools Day

All Fools’ Day or April Fools’ Day is celebrated on first April in most parts of the world. On this day people do practical jokes with friends, enemies and whatever seems the gullible may become a target; the purpose behind is just to embarrass the target person.

According to a tradition in some English speaking countries, such as England, South Africa, Canada, Australia the jokes last only until noon and the one who commits a prank after noon is declared the “April Fool”. However, in other countries such as Ireland, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Russia, and the United States, the jokes last for the whole day.

April Fool Why Do We Celebrate April Fools Day

Tracing Origins

It is not clear when did exactly April Fools’ Day commenced. According to some speculation, it is believed that the modern holiday might have started by the time the Gregorian calendar was being adopted as the term might have been used to brand someone still adhernig to the predecessor, Julian Calendar, quite oblivious of the calendar change.

In older times before the Christian culture could flourish, first May was celebrated as the start of plantation season of receding spring. Now an April’s Fool might have been a person who had done it before first May.

Another possible interpretation can be had from the French culture when King Charles IX officially slid forwarded the start of the year by replacing 1st April with 1st January and the term might have been used to brand the gullible still considering the abandoned system of calendar.

During the 18th century an attempt was made to trace out the historical origins of the day. Scholars believe that the term dates back to the times of Noah, specifically by the time Noah would send his dove earlier than the flood had receded. Chronicles and holy scriptures reveal that this act of Noah was perpetrated on the first of the Hebrew month that corresponds with April.

Another reference to April Fool’s Day can be had from Canterbury Tales written by English national poet Chaucer. In the Canterbury Tales there is a mention of the tale of Nun’s Priest — both fools’ (Chanticleer and the fox) tale is set on March 32 which is quite shocking and hilarious for the reader.

Just like April Fool’s day, there was a day celebrated in Roman history as the Disguise Day around 18th century. On this day Roman men used to disguise by doing make up to look attractive. These disguised men then, by tradition, were supposed to approach the girl with a supposition of marriage.

All this was done under the firm belief prevailed then that these practices bring happiness and goodluck in bride’s life. However, the Disguise day was shifted to be celebrated proper on 18th of February in the 19th century.

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