The History of April Fools’ Day


April 1st, also known as April Fools’ Day, is a joke holiday where friends and family pull pranks on each other. These can range from a simple verbal joke to a more extreme, thought-out plan. The history of April Fools’ Day is still a mystery, but some think it came about after France switched their calendar from Julian to Gregorian in the mid-1500s. Their new year started on April 1st. When the calendar changed to January 1st as the new year, many people forgot, so they received jokes and pranks when they forgot the new year date. One of the first April Fools’ pranks was called “Poisson d’Avril” which translates to “April Fish.” They are paper fish that get pinned on the victim’s back to represent a gullible person. It was an easy fish to catch, so this humiliation carried through the joke day. In the modern-day, there are basic trends like switching sugar for salt or putting a whoopie cushion on someone’s chair, but some of these things are just too predictable. A creative mind can thrive on this typically forgotten holiday, so take advantage of your creative skills.