Thursday, April 01, 2010

April Fools Day

What a day! Better known as All Fools’ Day is an illegal holiday. This day is full of hoaxes and practical jokes played upon friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members. Some are funny and others are not, causing embarrassment to many.

Countries throughout the world celebrate this day differently. Per Wikipedia, “.... in some countries, such as the UK, Australia, and South Africa, the jokes only last until noon and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool. Elsewhere, such as in France, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S., the jokes last all day.”

Actually, April Fools day began in reference to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392) in relationship to King Richard II’s engagement to Ann of Bohemia which was announced as taking place on March 32, which of course was April 1. Go to Wikipedia and read the origin of how this confusion took place. A very interesting read.

Also, page down to the Well-Known Pranks listed below the origin. Some are extremely strange and bazaar. You would be surprised by what pranks radio stations, television stations, periodicals, game shows, and websites have played on people.

Enjoy the day, smile, and beware of pranksters. Thank goodness there is only one April Fool’s Day a year.
Court Jester Picture from Uniwatch.

1 comment:

Mary E. Trimble said...

Interesting to learn the origin of this day. It was a big day when I was younger. My dad delighted in playing jokes on us.