April Fool's Day
On this day around 1582 in France with the reform of
the calendar New Year's Day was moved from March 25 - April 1 (new year's
week) to January 1. Only some people were informed of the change several
years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge
the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former
celebration, April 1. These people were labeled "fools" by the general
populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on "fool errands," sent
invitations to nonexistent parties. The butts of these pranks became known
as a "poisson d'avril" or "April fish" because a young naive fish is easily
caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the
back of someone as a joke.
This tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain and Scotland in
the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English
and the French. Because of this spread to other countries, April Fool's Day
has taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating the
holiday in its own way.
In Scotland, for instance, April Fool's Day is devoted to spoofs involving
the buttocks and as such is called Taily Day. The butts of these jokes are
known as April 'Gowk', another name for cuckoo bird.
In England, jokes are played only in the morning. Fools are called 'gobs' or
'gobby' and the victim of a joke is called a 'noodle.' It was considered
back luck to play a practical joke on someone after noon.
In Portugal, April Fool's Day falls on the Sunday and Monday before lent. In
this celebration, many people throw flour at their friends.
The Huli Festival is celebrated on March 31 in India. People play jokes on
one another and smear colors on one another celebrating the arrival of
Spring. So, no matter where you happen to be in the world on April 1, don't
be surprised if April fools fall playfully upon you.
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