1st April is celebrated in many countries with different names. In Italy it’s called “Pesce d’Aprile”. In the UK it’s called April Fools’ Day or All Fools’ Day.
Not very much is known about the historical origins of this day, although it seems that it started in France in the 16th century, from where it soon spread throughout Europe and was later brought to the New World.
On this day people play different types of jokes, called hoaxes, on their family members, colleagues, friends, and so on.
According to the tradition, in countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia the hoaxes end at midday, and the victims of these jokes are called ‘Gonzos’ or ‘Noodles’, while in the rest of the world the jokes can go on all day long (in Scotland they last for two days!).
Jokes can be simple, innocent ones, like for example making someone believe an important person wants to talk to them on the phone, or more elaborate jokes, like making your brother/sister/friend get up 4 hours earlier than usual.
Do you like this tradition? Have you ever played jokes on a member of your family, a friend or a teacher at school? What type of joke was it? Which has been your favourite April Fools’ Day hoax until now?