April fool’s Day also called the All Fool’s Day and is of uncertain origin. It is known for its practical joking and is celebrated on first of April. Before the adoption of Gregorian calendar, the date was used as the New Year’s Day. This holiday is considered as to be related for the festival of vernal equinox on Mar21. The English people gave April fool Day its first celebration during 18th century.
Unlike most of other no foolish holidays, history of the April fool Day is not clear enough. There wasn’t really any 1st April Fool Day that may be seen on the calendar. People believe it has evolved simultaneously into several cultures and that too at the similar time, from the celebrations of the 1st day of spring. Closest point in the time that could be identified as beginning of such tradition was in France in 1582. Before that, the New Year Day was celebrated continuously for eight days, it begins on March 25. With the reformation of the calendar of Charles IX, Gregorian calendar was then introduced, and the New Year’s Day had moved to January 1.
Due to the communications in those days the news travelled by foot, many of the people didn’t receive this news for many years. While the more stubborn people, refused to accept this new calendar and thus continued to celebrate New Year on 1st April. These reluctant folk were labelled as “fools” by general population. They were also subject to ridicule, and were sent “fools errands” and were made butt of the practical jokes. Thus the harassment evolved, over the time, into the tradition of playing prank on the 1st April. The tradition also in the long run spread to Scotland and England in the 18th century. Later it was introduced to American colonies of the English and the French. April Fool Day developed into a funny international fest, so as to speak; including different nationalities specialized in their own way of humour at the cost of their good friends and families.
In the Scotland, for example, 1st April is celebrated for 2 days. The other day is reserved for pranks relating the posterior part of the body. Also the origin of sign “kick me” can be searched to this observance. Heavy Practical jokes are very common practice on the April fool Day. Sometimes, practical jokes are also played on relatives or friends that last throughout the entire day. For example, a British film shown on 1st April was a detailed documentary on “spaghetti farmers”. How they harvest the crop from spaghetti trees. This April fool Day is only a “for fun” observance. No one is expected to purchase gifts or take their loved ones out to have a dinner in an expensive restaurant. Nobody goes off school or work. It is simply a little fun holiday, but also holiday on which everyone must remain vigilant, for the simple reason that he may be next April Fool!