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April Fools’ Day: How Did April Fools’ Day Start?


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Happy April Fools’ Day! This the day that you should be careful of who you’re going to trust, in short trust no one. Be aware of what you see, hear and read because maybe some of its origins is uncertain.

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Happy April Fools’ Day

I’m just wondering where or how did April Fools’ Day start? While searching for the most honest information there is one thing common aside from being uncertain of everything in this day, it begins from the adaptation of a new calendar.

It’s not really a National holiday in any country but well known in many countries.

According to CBS Minnesota by Heather Brown, ancient cultures used to celebrate New Year’s Day around April 1. But in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered the Gregorian calendar replace the Julian calendar, so New Year’s shifted to Jan. 1. The theory goes, anyone who continued to celebrate New Year’s in April was considered a fool.

Another one is the Constantine and Kugel.

Another explanation of the origins of April Fools’ Day was provided by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University. He explained that the practice began during the reign of Constantine, when a group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event.

“In a way,” explained Prof. Boskin, “it was a very serious day. In those times fools were really wise men. It was the role of jesters to put things in perspective with humor.”

This explanation was brought to the public’s attention in an Associated Press article printed by many newspapers in 1983. There was only one catch: Boskin made the whole thing up. It took a couple of weeks for the AP to realize that they’d been victims of an April Fools’ joke themselves. Credit to Infoplease website.

That’s it!

Everyone in the Western world is celebrating the April Fools’ Day.  So make sure you will be not the next “April Fools”.



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