April Fool’s Day
“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.” — Mark Twain
The first of April is known as April Fool’s Day, a traditional day for practical jokes of all kinds. Some have noted connections between April Fool’s Day and the Roman celebration of Hilaria on March 25, and the Hindu holiday of Holi, ending March 31. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1894, refers to “the mockery trial of our Redeemer” as a popular explanation.
The most common explanation, however, is the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1584. In France, King Charles IX of France ruled that New Year’s Day be moved to January 1, but those who either hadn’t heard about the change or refused to accepted were known as “Poisson d’Avril” or “April Fish,” a reference to the astrological sign of Pisces, the fish.
- April Fools’ Day Picture Books — Check this library book list for some fun and foolish reading!
- April Fools Day: the History of the Fools — “History, traditions and foolishness” from Wilstar.com
- Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time — From the Museum of Hoaxes website
- April Fools’ Day Origins — Various theories of the origin of April Fools Day from the Urban Legends Reference Pages
- April Fools’ Day Traditions Around the World — From Time Magazine
- April Fools’ Day — Great ideas from the Spoonful Web site
- 17 Easy April Fools’ Day Pranks to Play on Your Friends — Exercise caution before undertaking any of these pranks suggested by the Huffington Post
- 31 Awesome April Fools’ Day Pranks Your Kids Will Totally Fall For — Buzzfeed’s suggests these good-natured pranks to play on your kids