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April 1, 2022

Happy April Fools’ Day!

April Fools’ Day is not a national holiday, but it is celebrated in the United States and many other countries. It is sometimes known as All Fools’ Day. Anyone who wants to have fun can celebrate the day.

(Image courtesy of Robert E. Jackson)

Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. In the Julian Calendar, as in the Hindu calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox around April 1.

People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.” These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.


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