April Fool’s Day Fun Facts

April Fool’s Day Fun Facts

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

Courtesyof Funtrivia.com * April the first iscommonly known as April Fool’s Day or All Fools’ Day in most English speakingcountries. The custom is believed to have started in France when the Gregoriancalendar was adopted by King Charles IX in 1582. In this calendar the new yearstarted on January 1. People who did not use the new date but still celebratedon April 1st became the butt of jokes. * Eventhe ancient Romans had a day of jokes called Festival of Hilaria. This day is also known as RomanLaughing Day. In ancient Rome, the festival of Hilaria was held to celebratethe god Attis. Hilaria is probably where we get the words “hilarious”and “hilarity” from. {{more}} * In Scotland you are called an’April gowk’ rather than an ‘April fool. A ‘gowk’ is the Scottishword for ‘cuckoo’. * Aprilthe first, at one time, was New Year’s Day. This was changed on the introduction of the Gregoriancalendar. * Aprilis named for a Latin word – aprilis. The definition is not known for sure, but it is generallyconsidered that the name comes from the Latin word aprilis, which means toopen. Another theory is that it comes from the Greek Aphrodite. * OnApril 1st 1957, the BBC played a practical joke on its viewers. The highly acclaimed documentaryprogramme “Panorama” showed strands of spaghetti being plucked frombushes. This resulted in many phone calls to the BBC, most of which were fromviewers who believed the tale and wanted to know where they could buy spaghettiplants! * Mexicodoes not observe April 1st, but it does have a special day to play pranks.December 28th is the day that Mexicans play jokes on each other. At one timethis was a day to remember killing of the young children by King Herod. However,over time it became a happier day of pranks and foolish jokes. * In Franceyou don’t say ‘April Fool’ you say April Fish. French children often play tricks on their friends bysticking a paper fish on their posteriors. When the the fish is discovered hisfriends yell “Poisson d’avril!” * Mark Twain made the statement,”The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 daysof the year.” This is FromPudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar. * Some countries have days of prank playing in thedays immediately before the start of Lent. Thetradition in Portugal, Jamaica and some other countries, is to throw flour atyour friends! As Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, which is usually at the end ofFebruary or beginning of March, these prank days are usually in February. InMexico eggs are filled with flour and cracked on people’s heads.