It has been a tradition to everyone that when April 1 comes, you need to come up with the best prank and joke ever so you can fool around to anyone. Some of them are very hilarious; others are so gullible that they believe every joke you say to them that in the end, they would laugh when you say it is just a prank as a tradition for this special day. However, how did this tradition started from hundreds of years ago?
Some of them are very hilarious; others are so gullible that they believe every joke you say to them that in the end, they would laugh when you say it is just a prank as a tradition for this special day.
However, how did this tradition started from hundreds of years ago?
1 – The King Who Changed the Dates
As a matter of fact, there has been evidence that it all boils down to Pope Gregory XIII, who adopted the calendar during 1582 and changed the start of the year from March to 1st January. Since this change was spread worldwide, a lot of them changed their dates, however, not all of them, and those people celebrated New Year on April 1, and they were seen as foolish, therefore why it is called Fool’s Day.
Pope Gregory XIII changed the calendar – just because (Photo: Universal Images Group Editorial)
2 – Festival Where all the Fools were Invited
There are a lot of theories how this day originated. Others believed that April Fool’s Day is a leftover from the idea of “Renewal festivals” that marks the end of winter and start of spring. This festival has different traditions like using disguises, playing pranks on people, and sometimes, they also create chaos. Other people believed that this is a celebration of medieval Christianity’s Feast of Fools, which was done every January.
The Feast of Fools is not real (Photo: Universal Images Group Editorial)
On that day, they elect a Lord of Misrule who would wear masks, use a disguise and sing obscene songs. Sounds familiar? Yes, it is the animated movie Hunchback of Notre Dame, but, that feast has nothing to do with April Fool’s Day because the actual Feast of Fools is done in a 12th and 13th century and considered as an alternative to rowdy festivals.
3 – French Revolution
It all kicked off in France for the revolution (Photo: Art Images)
Some believed the theory is during the French Revolution since its anniversary is also the same day as the April Fool’s Day. During the time of King George III on April 1, 1789, the king made a joke and pretended to step down the power. The people celebrated because of their freedom but then were arrested and imprisoned.
4 – Gotham City
Gotham (not like Batman’s home) was all about the pranks (Photo: Birmingham Mail)
There is also a rumor about this day and a town called Gotham, Nottinghamshire. During the 13th century, it has been a tradition that when a King placed his foot on a particular road, it becomes public property. When King John planned to go to their town, they didn’t allow him to enter because they don’t want to lose their main road. When the king heard this, he sent his soldiers, but when they arrived, they just saw a town full of lunatics where people are acting like a drowning fish or imprisoning a bird to a roofless cage. But this was all an act that the king fell for.
5 – Chaucer’s April Trick
One of an interesting Story of Chaucer’s The nun’s Priest where Chaucer tricks a rooster and said “syn March bigan thritty dayes and two” which meant assumingly 32 days after March – 2nd of May, but seems like Mar 32 or April 1st.
The day of their victory was also April Fool’s Day.
Now, you know that a lot of theories were heard regarding the origin of this day, though, are you sure that you are not being fooled around by what you’ve just read? Maybe or maybe not.