Everywhere in the world today April 1 is celebrated as April Fools’ Day by playing pranks and practical jokes on people and those who happen to fall victims of these pranks are called April fools and an April fool joke is revealed by shouting April fool on the victim.
But have you ever sat back to think why April 1 was set aside to play harmless pranks on people? I remember when I was growing up I had been told different stories about why today was called April fools’ day, apart from those stories, I have read some excerpts on why today was set aside as well which I’m gladly going to share with you here.
Let us go back to the time of Noah and the ark, according to Bertha McDonald in Harper’s Weekly, the origin of April Fools’ Day had meticulously explained a theory that Noah had mistakenly sent the dove out of the ark before the water had diminished, on the first of April and to keep this memory going it was thought that whoever forgot such a memorial circumstance be punished by being sent out on some sleeveless errand similar to that of which the dove was sent by Noah.
Another story has it that in the Middle Ages, New year’s day was been celebrated on April 1 but it was shifted to January 1 while most people still believed it was April 1, these set of people were then referred to as ‘April Fools’ by those who accepted to keep January 1 as New year’s day.
In 1508, French poet Eloy d’Amerval referred to a poisson d’avril (April fool, literally “Fish of April). In France, April 1 is marked in a unique way. It was written of a Nobleman who sent his servants on foolish errands on April 1.
Nigeria isn’t left out of the countries celebrating this day, with many playing awkward pranks on one another. Pranks like faking a breakup with boyfriend or girlfriend, putting a notice on a friend’s car that it is for sale, most ladies go as far as telling their parents that they are pregnant when they are not EXTREME. I was made a fool this morning by my mum after I’d crossed my fingers and legs and promised no one was going to make me an April fool but yet she still got her way.
With every country taking part in it each with its own way of celebrating, why is April 1 called April Fools’ Day? No one really knows; we all grew up to see it been celebrated as such and we join in leaving us to abide by what we’re been told or live with the information we gather about the day and passing same to the next generation.
What do you think about April Fools’ Day, its origin and everything else? Did you fool anyone or were you made a fool today? You can share it with me in the comment box, I would love to read about it.