April Fool’s Day is celebrated every year on April 1st. It is a special day when many people try to fool their friends. The pranks are all in fun and are usually silly things like telling someone they have a spot on their nose or hole in their sock. As soon as the victim starts to look a little confused, the trickster shouts, "April Fool!"
How did April Fool’s Day start?
Most people think that it started back in the 1500s. At that time, New Year’s was celebrated on April 1. However, in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated on January 1.
In those days without radio, TV or internet, word spread very slowly. Many people did not find out about the change in the calendar for a long time, so they continued to think that April 1 was New Year’s. These people were called "fools" and jokes were played on them.
People had so much fun with April fooling that they continued the tradition long after everyone had switched to the new calendar. To this day, April Fool’s Day is celebrated all over the world.
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