festivals and traditions

April Fools’ Day

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?

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2 thoughts on “April Fools’ Day

  1. Hello people, Happy Fool’s Day!!

    Three men died in a car accident and met Jesus himself at the Pearly Gates.
    The Lord spoke unto them saying, “I will ask you each a simple question. If you tell the truth I will allow you into heaven, but if you lie… Hell is waiting for you.”
    To the first man the Lord asked, “How many times did you cheat on your wife?”
    The first man replied, “Lord, I was a good husband. I never cheated on my wife.”
    The Lord replied, “Very good! Not only will I allow you in, but for being faithful to your wife I will give you a huge mansion and a limo for your transportation.”
    To the second man the Lord asked, “How many times did you cheat on your wife?”
    The second man replied, “Lord, I cheated on my wife twice.”
    The Lord replied, “I will allow you to come in, but for your unfaithfulness, you will get a four-bedroom house and a BMW.”
    To the third man the Lord asked, “So, how many times did you cheat on your wife?”
    The third man replied, “Lord, I cheated on my wife about 8 times.”
    The Lord replied, “I will allow you to come in, but for your unfaithfulness, you will get a one-room apartment, and a Yugo for your transportation.”
    A couple of hours later the second and third men saw the first man crying his eyes out.
    “Why are you crying?” the two men asked. “You got the mansion and limo!”
    The first man replied, “I’m crying because I saw my wife a little while ago, and she was riding a skateboard!”

    Happy April Fool’s Day!

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