Every year on 1st April, April Fools’ Day is celebrated by playing hoaxes, joking with friends and in short, fooling people. It has been a part of different cultures through centuries. However, its exact origination isn’t known.
How did April Fools’ day start?
As per a popular legend, In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII had ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar.
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As per the new calender, the New Year’s Day was to be celebrated on Jan 1st. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year’s day to Jan 1st.
But many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1st.
Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, calling them fools or making them believe in false tricks. And eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.