April Fool’s Day 2016
April 1 2016
Today Americans play small tricks on friends and strangers alike on April 1. One common trick on April Fool’s Day, is pointing down to a friend’s shoe and saying, “Your shoelace is untied.” School children might tell a classmate that school has been canceled. Whatever the trick, if the innocent victim falls for the joke the prankster yells, “April Fool!”
Most April Fool jokes are in good fun and they are not meant to harm anyone. The cleverest April Fool joke is the one where everyone laughs, especially the person upon whom the joke is played.
April Fool’s Day
In sixteenth-century France, the start of the New Year was observed on April 1.
It was celebrated in much the same way as we celebrate New Year today with parties and dancing into the late hours of the night.
In 1562, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar for the Christian world, and the New Year fell on January 1.
There were some people, however, who hadn’t heard or didn’t believe the change in the date, so they continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Others played tricks on them and called them “April fools.” They sent them on a “fool’s errand” or tried to make them believe that something false was true.