ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

April Fools’ Day

Updated on October 22, 2011

April Fools' Day - a festival that brings a sparkle in our eyes and tempts us to become naughty and do some mischief. No matter how much you avoid saying it, it's the truth and it happens with all of us. Have you ever wondered when and where it all began?

History of April Fools’ Day

Every year before April Fools' Day, I hear different stories about its origin; but when I researched about it, to my utter surprise, I found quite different results from what I had heard and the results seemed to be as tricky as the day itself! They were quite contradicting. These are just various suggestions floating around, none of which are certain. However, the most popular and seemingly reliable origin of April Fools' Day is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved from March 25 till April 1 (New Year's week) to January 1.

Communication methods were not as efficient as they are now, so many people did not receive the news for several years. Many people refused to believe in the new calendar and continued to celebrate New Year on April 1. These backward people were called fools. They were ridiculed and were often sent on ‘fools errands' or were subjected to other practical jokes.

This turned into a tradition later, and people started celebrating April Fools' Day every year on the first of April. Slowly this tradition spread throughout the world and young kids and teenagers celebrate it with great joy and enthusiasm.

Superstitions

A famous superstition is that practical jokes should be played before noon, and that those that are performed afterwards will bring bad luck to the performer. However, this superstition is widely losing its value because it is believed to have been made up by annoyed parents and school teachers who wanted a respite from the day of pranks, as well due to the fact that many major hoaxes in history have appeared after noon.

Another famous fallacy is that people who fail to respond in the proper spirit of tolerance and enjoyment to the jokes played on them also suffer from bad luck later.

A rather lame belief is that being married on April Fools' Day is not a good idea for a man, because if so, in the future he will be ruled by his wife.

The darker side

The pranks mentioned above are childish pranks. Sometimes people go on to play much dangerous pranks too like calling up someone and pretending as if a close one died or got hurt. One of my schoolfellows burnt a teacher's raincoat while it was raining cats and dogs. People get hurt or even badly injured because of someone's negligence. This shows that there is a much darker side of April Fools' Day.

In my opinion these types of pranks are not just pranks. Pranks are supposed to be funny and light so that everyone can enjoy. They are not meant to hurt the other person - physically or emotionally. The best April fool prank is the one where everyone laughs, especially the person upon whom the joke is played.

Hence, when you celebrate the day, make sure you don't indulge in anything that can turn out to be dangerous or harsh for anyone, be it a friend or a stranger!

How is it celebrated

Ever since I can remember, children of all age groups celebrate April Fools' Day by planning unique and fun pranks in advance and try their level best to fool people around by doing everything they can! One of the most common and clichéd trick on April Fools' Day is to point down to a friend's shoe and say, "Your shoelace is untied." School children also usually tell classmates that school has been cancelled. Whatever the trick, if the innocent victim falls for the joke the prankster yells, "April Fool!"

It's so easy to enjoy this day as we don't even have to invest in something, just put your mind to work and come up with unique pranks that can be enjoyed with siblings, relatives and friends. Sounds so much fun, well it is!

Some fun pranks

Switch the salt and sugar bowl when a friend is going to add it in the coffee or tea and wait to see the reaction!

Invest in a fake iPod that gives a minor shock when the play button is pressed. It's not expensive just about $5 and is absolutely harmless.

Change the time of the clock, but make sure you don't do it with someone who has an important task to complete.

Get a plastic lizard and throw it around on people to scare them!

Offer people magic pop claiming it is simple candy.

The aim of April Fools' Day is to make fool of others and have a hearty laugh. It is the battle of wits on this day. All of us expect to get fooled, and leave no stone unturned to save ourselves from making others laugh at us. Similarly others don't want to be laughed at or made fun of. So remember to have fun within the limits. Make sure you are genuinely funny and not disgusting when you play a prank. April fool pranks should be good fun and not meant to harm someone, so keep that in mind while you celebrate the day. Happy April Fools' Day! :)

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      smileybeard 

      6 years ago

      heya, u dont get bad luck, u make your own. if u are constantly scared about getting bad luck then you will be more agitated and on edge than normal therefor making you more clumsy and accident prone. if you just relax and dont worry then you will find you will have lots of "good luck" :)

    • profile image

      kelham 

      9 years ago

      hi i am scared about having bad luck i keep thinking i have bad luck for some reason can you help me please

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)