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One of the most interesting and exciting festivals on the calendar worldwide is April Fools’ Day. It is a tradition where people look to play tricks, April fools pranks, and April fools jokes on friends, family, and their dear ones. April Fools’ Day celebrated on 1st April annually around the world to make people happy. Another name of this day is known as All Fool’s Day; additionally, April Noddy Day, HuntiGowk Day, St All-Fool’s Morn and Gowkie Day are also called to this day. The origin of this day is uncertain. Some use this day as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons while others believe that this day is celebrated for the adoption of a new calendar.

Origin of April Fools’ Day

April Fools' Day

There are many theories of the origin of April Fools’ Day custom. One explanation focuses on the introduction of the new calendar “Gregorian calendar” instead of the old calendar “Julian calendar.” From Ancient cultures, people in some parts of Europe, Romans, and Hindus celebrated New Year’s Day on or around the March Equinox. However, the new calendar systems called the 1st January as the first day of the year.

According to another popular explanation, many people either decline to accept the new date of the New Year or did not learn about it, and they continued to celebrate the New Year’s Day on 1st April. Other people started to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them of “fool’s errands” or trying to trick on them into trusting something false. Finally, this practice spread throughout Europe. It is famous from the 19th century.

April Fools Pranks and Jokes

April 1 is a day for practical jokes and pranks in many countries worldwide. The jokes and their victims are called April fools. On April Fools’ Day people playing April Fools jokes often reveal their prank by shouting “April fools” at the unlucky victims. Those practical jokes where people asked to complete an impossible or imaginary task. Simple pranks are usually done on 1 April in the UK and many countries around the world, with sticking “kick me” stickers or signs on the back of their friends or anybody quietly or sending a friend on an errand to do something stupid.

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Many further pranks also play with friends, family, neighbor or anybody on getting the chance on worldwide and each country has a particularly unique way of doing jokes and pranks together to make an entertaining day. A new tradition has been developed in many countries of the world that news organizations like Newspaper, magazines, and media report published fake stories of jokes on this day. Radio, TV stations, websites and other media like this also perform practical jokes. Aside from April Fools’ Day, the custom of setting aside a day for the playing of pranks upon one’s neighbor has historically been comparatively common in the world.

Is it a Public Holiday?

April Fools’ Day is not a public holiday at all. Business and educational institutions may be closed in some countries but not at all around the world because it falls on the same date as César Chávez Day.

Observances of April Fools’ Day on worldwide

April Fools' Day

The observance of April Fools’ Day is on many countries throughout the world. It is celebrated as a tradition in many cultures of the world. Many countries like India, UK, USA, Ireland, Lebanon, and many other countries celebrated April Fools’ Day on their ways.

However, many countries in Western Europe have the tradition of April Fish. It mostly involves children and young people drawing a picture of a fish and then trying to stick it on the back of somebody else without noticing them. The acceptance of the April Fools’ pranks and jokes give this day an air of celebration, and these pranks are surely good-natured, and they frequently played in the outdoors.