The History Of April Fool’s Day
The April Fool’s Day marks as the weirdest holiday. But what makes it so unique lies in its history. According to Europeans, April Fools takes back to the Georgian calendar in the sixteenth century. The pre-Georgian calendar ended at the end of March which overlapped with the beginning of spring. With the new calendar, the beginning of the year was shifted to January. This change in the calendar showed resistance. But people, who continued their celebration of New Year at the beginning of April, were considered as Fools.
Marking this day, an April Fools Prank was one in which a “fool” is tricked. These pranks are not just in person but it can also be spread through social media.
Historians also linked the day to festivals celebrated in ancient Rome at the end of March. In this festival, people were seen dressed up in disguises.
There is also a rumor that April Fools’ Day marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This is because they believed that Mother Nature fooled people with unpredictable weather.
April Fools’ Day was spread in Britain during the 18th century. Talking about the modern scenario, April Fools have participated in the tradition of fooling the audiences.
Many events were also reported to spot the April Fools’ Day. In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers had huge spaghetti crop cultivation. Seeing at this, they fooled viewers by showing footage where people were harvesting noodles from trees.
In 1996, Taco Bell duped people by announcing that it had agreed to purchase Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell. They even claimed that they will rename it to Taco Liberty Bell. Similar to this, Burger King in 1998 advertised a “Left-Handed Whopper” on April Fools’ Day. This led the customers requesting for the fake sandwich.