Who invented April Fools’ Day? And how did April 1st, become the day of the pranks worldwide? I bet these questions linger in everyone’s head when the day comes around, especially if you were the one who got punk’d. Practical jokers work hard to pull jokes on those near and dear to them making this day a dreaded but fun one.
How the custom of pranking on this day came about still remains quite uncertain. There are many theories that state different things; however, it is believed that during the 1500’s when the Julian Calendar, which called for April 1st to be New Year’s Day, was replaced by the Gregorian Calendar, in which New Year’s Day was moved to January 1, people who could be tricked into believing April 1, was still the proper day to celebrate the New Year’s earned the moniker: April Fools.
Other theories imply that it may have something to do with the Vernal Equinox or that it has to do with cultures winter to spring celebrations according to their calendars. Since history can’t give us 100 percent factual information, people disregard the birth but keep the “fun” tradition, which includes sending someone on a “fool’s errand,” playing pranks and saying ridiculous lies.
Rumor has it that if you don’t take the prank as a joke and with a good sense of humor you will get a wave of bad luck. So whether you are the prankster or the “prankee,” make sure to get responsibly creative with your pranks and have fun.
Are you ready to be or to get pranked?
By Cynthia Paola Bautista