• April Fools Day is celebrated in different countries around the world on April 1 every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools Day, April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when many people play all kinds of jokes and foolishness. The day is marked by the commission of good-humoured or otherwise funny jokes, hoaxes, and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbours, work associates, etc.
The ancient Greeks wouldhave loved April fools day.They so adored being clever.It’s easy to imagine theancient Athenians concoctingtheir plots and chanting theirvictories, and the ancientSpartans rigging their barracksand roaring with laughter.
The history of April Fools Day or All Fools Day isuncertain, but the current thinking is that it beganaround 1582 in France with the reform of thecalendar under Charles IX. The GregorianCalendar was introduced, and New Years Daywas moved from March 25 - April 1 (new yearsweek) to January 1.Communication travelled slowly in those days andsome people were only informed of the changeseveral years later. Still others, who were morerebellious refused to acknowledge the change andcontinued to celebrate on the last day of theformer celebration, April 1.These people were labeled "fools" by the generalpopulace
In Scotland, where thetradition is celebrated overthe course of forty-eighthours, April Fools Day isalso known as "April Gowk,""Gowkie Day" or "Hunt theGowk.” The second day ofthe Scottish April Foolscustom is devotedexclusively to pranksinvolving the posteriorregion of the body. This isknown as "Taily Day" andthe origin of the ever-popular "Kick Me" sign islikely traceable to thisobservance.
In England, where tricks and pranks are onlypermissible during the morning hours of All FoolsDay, the victim is known as a "noodle.” If a child issuccessful in playing a trick on another, then it is usualfor the perpetrator to taunt: "Fool, fool, the guckaw!."On the other hand, if the victim fails to fall for thetrick, then the retort is: "The gowk and the titlene sit ona tree...youre a gowk as well as me!" A "titlene" is ahedge sparrow. In the County of Cheshire inEngland, an April Fool is an "April Gawby," sometimesreferred to as a "gobby" or "gob. InDevon, however, this is known as "Tail-Pipe Day." In theLake District area of England, an April Fool is an "AprilNoddy" and at the end of the day, it is customary tochant: "April Noddys past and gone...Youre the fool anIm none."
In Mexico, April Fools Day is observed onDecember 28. Originally a sad remembrance of theslaughter of the Innocents by King Herod, iteventually evolved into a much lightercommemoration involving pranks and trickery. In Portugal, April Fools Day is celebrated on the Sunday and Monday prior to the Lenten Season, with the traditional trick being to throw flour at ones friends.
In France, April 1st is called"Poisson dAvril." French kids play aspecial game on this day.The object of the game is to tape apaper fish on someones backwithout that person noticing.When the victim spots the fishtaped to their back, the kids yell"Poisson d’Avril!" (April Fish!)
Over the years, India too hasstarted celebrating the widelyknown Fool’s day under westerninfluence. This day is morepopular with the youth of Indiaincluding kids, college-goers andyoung professionals. The Indiankids usually point out tosomething which is not presentat that point of time in that placeto draw the attention of thevictim. When the victim fails torealize the motive and startlooking for the object, thetrickster yells April Fool! Thegrown-ups also do these thingsbut strictly with their closefriends only.
April 1st is a day set aside to play small, clever tricks on people. Placing salt in the sugar bowl when no one is looking is not a real trick. Wheres the cleverness in that?A real April Fools trick takesthought, creativity, timing, and a bit of acting.
Rules1. Your trick must be harmless.2. Your victim must believe you3. Your trickery must make you victim smile (better yet, laugh) when you shout “April Fool!” Otherwise, it doesnt qualify as an April fool’s Day trick
• Put food colouring in milk.• Superglue coins to a sidewalk. This works best on an old, worn sidewalk.• Go with a couple of friends, stand near some busy street corner - stare and point up at the sky. Watch the reactions of people around you!