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Do you know the history behind April Fools' Day and how it all started?
Popular since the 19th century, April Fools' Day started in France when Pope Charles IX switched from the older calendar to the new Roman calendar
Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on or around April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st).
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, 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 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.
How April Fools' Day is celebrated in different countries, across the world and how the day found its origin:
- In Italy, France, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada, people celebrate April Fools' Day by trying to stick a paper fish on someone, without being noticed
- In Spanish-speaking countries, a similar event called 'Day of the Holy Innocents' is celebrated on December 28
- In Denmark, the day is celebrated on May 1 and is called 'Maj-Kat', which means 'May-cat'
- Iranians play jokes on each other on 'Sizdah Be-dar', the 13th day of the Persian New Year, which is celebrated on April 1 or 2.
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