The History of April Fools’ Day

Faith Adams, Staff

April Fools’ Day is a yearly celebration that happens on April 1st, in which many people like to play jokes/pranks or spread hoaxes. However, the exact origins of this day remain a mystery.

April Fools’ Day may remain a mystery, but many historians have still tried to develop theories as to when it started and why. Some historians believe that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1852, during the time that France switched from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar. This day is also believed to be linked with festivals such as Hilaria, which involved people dressing up in disguises.

If someone failed to recognize the start of April Fools’ Day after the calendar change, people would often prank them first by putting paper fish on their back, which symbolized a gullible person. In modern times, newspapers, radios, TV stations, and websites have sometimes participated in this tradition by reporting fictional claims to fool their audience.

Many people take April Fools’ very seriously and will go great lengths to pull off their best prank.