The origin of April Fool’s Day


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April Fool’s Day has been celebrated for centuries in different cultures all around the world. Taking place April 1, April Fool’s Day is usually marked by individuals playing practical jokes on others and then shouting “April fool” to reveal the prank.

In anticipation of being duped, come people emain on high alert throughout the day, while others look forward to successfully executing the best pranka. In addition to jokes played on us by family and friends, radio and television stations, as well as newspapers, have also been known to participate in well-planned and elaborate April Fool’s Day hoaxes.

One of the earliest references to playing practical jokes on April 1, dates back to 1561 when a Flemish writer by the name of Eduard de Dene published a poem about a man who sent his servant on absurd errands all day long, supposedly to help prepare for a wedding feast.

Opinion can be divided on April Fool’s Day. Some view it as lighthearted, harmless fun but others can take it too far.
Opinion can be divided on April Fool’s Day. Some view it as lighthearted, harmless fun but others can take it too far.

Although the exact origin of April Fool’s Day remains a mystery, there are a number of interesting speculations that date back hundreds of years.

Some historians share the opinion that the origin dates back to the late 1500s at a time when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, changing the start of the new year to Jan. 1.

It was believed that people who who weren’t aware of the change and continued to celebrate the new year during the last week of March became the butt of jokes and were called “April fools.”

Other historians credit the origin of April Fool’s Day to the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere when Mother Nature fooled people with her ever changing and unpredictable weather.

There are also those who believe that the day’s history dates back even further to ancient Roman times and a festival called Hilaria, which is Latin for joyful.

Celebrated on March 25, Hilaria was known for games, dressing up in disguise and mocking others throughout the day.

Although the origin remains unconfirmed, the concept of April Fool’s Day itself can be controversial. Those who encourage celebrating the day believe that playing a practical joke is harmless and meant only to generate laughter. Others, however, find the idea of tricking others to be unnecessary, rude and deceitful.

My opinion on April Fool’s Day is somewhere in between the two, believing that lighthearted pranks can be fun, while antics that go too far can actually be hurtful.

Cindy Murdoch

Cindy Murdoch
Transcona community correspondent

Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at

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