April 1st is April Fool’s Day in many countries. Also called “All Fools’ Day,” it is a chance to pick on people, to play pranks, jokes, and hoaxes on friends and family.
Historians say that the concept of a Fool’s Day has been a part of European History and other cultures for hundreds, possibly over thousand of years. The 13th day of the Persian New Year is celebrated as their Fool’s Day dating back to 536 BC called “Sizdah Bedar,” credited as the oldest tradition of pranksterism in the world. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392) is given much credit to the annual holiday related to the tale of the fox tricking the rooster Chauntecleer. Others claim the date came from those debating over which date to celebrate the New Year was more foolish, March 25th or January 1st, until 1564 when Roussillon designated January 1st as the official date of the New Year throughout Europe.
The date for April Fool’s Day is different around the world, as are the traditions for permitting such outrageous and sometimes borderline illegal acts against others.
Many families and companies have their own more recent traditions over celebrating Fool’s Day. Do your family, business, or friends have a tradition of poking fun and prank on each other?
Whether or not you choose to participate in this annual day of hoax and prank, your blog exercise today is to blog about the holiday, your traditions associated with it, or a hoax or prank that was used on you or one in which you participated.
It’s storytelling time – and confession time!
Share your experience. Did you enjoy it? Or not? What was the most exciting and fulfilling part of the experience? Or did it leave a bad taste in your mouth. We all love playing jokes on each other, that’s the way of humans. We love laughing, often at the expense of another, but most of the time it is good fun.
Share your experiences with fools today.