Monthly Archives: April 2010

April Fool’s History

The history of April Fool’s Day is generally unknown, but many have suggested some potential origins of this prankster holiday.

April fool

According to April-Fools.us, the holiday began in the late 1500’s in France when a new calendar was introduced and the New Year was moved from sometime in late March/early April to the date we now celebrate today, January 1.

While some people refused to believe or acknowledge that January 1 was the new New Year’s Day, others didn’t even hear about the alteration until several years after it happened! News obviously traveled very slowly in those days. These uninformed people were considered and labeled “fools” by everyone else.

Overtime, the custom of playing pranks on these people on April 1 each year developed.

Still others, according to Wikipedia, believe that the silly holiday began in Noah’s time. A newspaper article published in the late 1700’s in England said that the annual festival began because Noah sent his dove off too early, before the flood waters receded. This happened on the first day of April.