The History of April Fool’s Day

Dani England ’19, Circulation Manager

April Fool’s Day is a widely known holiday that falls on the first of April each year. People use it to pull pranks or jokes on others, and say ‘April Fools!’ The origin of the holiday is so far unknown, but there are many different theories regarding this joke of a holiday. The most popular theory dates back to the mid 16th century. France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, and some people who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to Jan. 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1. This became the butt of jokes. These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril”, or April fish, which is said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish which could also mean a gullible person.

Another theory about April Fools day has to do with the vernal equinox, where mother nature would ‘fool’ us with the weather and make us believe that it was changing for the better, when it really was not. Sort of what is happening right now in Michigan.

Honestly, students have no idea when or how April Fools originally started. Senior Jordan Steele thinks that April Fool’s Day is about pulling pranks on other people that you know just to make them mad. Senior Cameron Holmes, on the other hand, thinks that it is about not making people mad, but making people laugh by making jokes out of certain situations..

So with all of this history and theories about how it started, people have now taken it seriously, especially different kinds of corporations. News stations, franchises, and many others have used this holiday to report ‘fake news’ and pull pranks on their viewers or supporters in celebration of this holiday.

Photo courtesy of history.com

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