History of April Fools


Lexi Garza

Although the exact origins are unknown, many historians say April Fools Day, originally called All Fools Day, started in 1582 when France switched to the Gregorian calendar. When France was still using the Julian Calendar, the New Year began around the Spring Equinox on April 1. Those who got the news of the calendar switch celebrated the new year on April 1 rather than January 1, became the butt of many jokes and were called April Fools. Others think April Fools day came from the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria, which means joyful in Latin. It was celebrated by dressing up in disguises and making fun of others. It was inspired by the Egyption legend of Seth, Isis, and Osiris.

April Fools Day became popular in Britain during the eighteenth century. People mostly celebrated it by sending each other on fake errands or pinning kick me signs to their back. Today it is celebrated by all kinds of funny pranks. Even Newspapers, TV stations, and Radio stations will sometimes report outrageous fictional stories to trick their audience. Back in 1957, the BBC reported that the Swiss were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of farmers picking spaghetti noodles off of trees. People believed them and called in to ask where they could get a spaghetti tree.

However you choose to celebrate, April Fools is a really fun holiday! Happy belated April Fools!