Origins of April Fools’ Day

Origins of April Fools!

April 1st is known to England, France, Scotland, and the United States as the day of pranks, practical jokes, and tricks. Children and adults alike have gleefully pulled the wool over one’s eyes for over 4 centuries. How did this tradition start? Who was the first “prankster”?

April Fools' Day might have something to do with the result of a historical event - the introduction of the Gregorian Calendar. This particular calendar is the calendar we use in modern times. Introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII, the Gregorian Calendar was created to correct timekeeping errors in Julius Ceasar’s calendar. This shifted the calendar to align more with the seasons and moved the day of the new year from April 1st to  January 1st. Whether from purposeful intent or forgetfulness, some people would still celebrate April 1st as New Years. These individuals would then be laughed at and mocked, being called “April Fool.” The tradition continued onward to the present, and tricks and jokes were added at the expense of the victim. Some scholars believe that April Fools’ Day started because of older festivals marking the Spring Equinox.

Whatever the reason, April Fools’ is here to stay. So look at the list of books below to fabricate the best prank ever.




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Can't come up with a good prank for April Fools'? Then look through these resources to get some funny ideas!

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