Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian Calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563.
In the Julian Calendar, as in the Hindu calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox around April 1.
The Bizarre Moments
People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.”
These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.
What To Do As You Prank Someone Today
However you choose to prank your friends today, please, play it safe. And if you’re the victim of a prank, take it in good faith.
For everyone else who may not be participating in tricks, you can still feel like a kid as you enjoy our range of snacks.
Credits: The History Channel