April 1st falls on a Saturday this year, and I’m telling you about it on a Thursday to give you a heads up just in case your cheeky co-workers try to pull a prank on you a day early.
We’ve all either been fooled or hopefully fooled someone at some point on April 1st…but do you know why we take part in this weird tradition?
There isn’t one answer to that, but there are several theories as to why we will be checking the toilet for seran wrap Saturday morning.
- The Gregorian Calendar
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII adopted the Gregorian calendar, which moved our year from March to January 1. Even though the change was well advertised, some people didn’t take notice and celebrated the new year on April 1st, they were then seen as foolish.
The French would put paper fish on the back of these foolish people and call them Poisson d’Avril – or April Fish.
2. Renewal Festivals
Another origin could be a leftover idea of renewal festivals, marking the end of winter and the start of spring. Hilaria was one of these festivals, and invited Romans to dress in masquerade, take part in games and play pranks.
3. Chaucer’s Tale
Okay, this one I took straight from Wikipedia, because quite frankly I don’t really know how to explain it.
“In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392), the “Nun’s Priest’s Tale” is set Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two. Modern scholars believe that there is a copying error in the extant manuscripts and that Chaucer actually wrote, Syn March was gon. Thus the passage originally meant 32 days after March, i.e. 2 May, the anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia, which took place in 1381. Readers apparently misunderstood this line to mean “32 March”, i.e. April 1. In Chaucer’s tale, the vain cock Chauntecleer is tricked by a fox.”
So there you go, possibly origin theories on April Fool’s Day. And as it’s been stated before, no one really knows the reason it started.
Nonetheless I hope you have some fun Saturday, but only til noon!