Origin of April Fool’s Day

By | October 23, 2017

April Fool’s day has come this year also just like it had come in the years that have gone past. This is the time when people make comedy pranks on each other to mark the occasion. Most commonly, individuals direct these pranks against the strangers. This is also the time when you can settle scores against those guys who have caused to you some problem in the past. Nobody can point fingers of allegations at you as this is the day for rampant distribution of japes and witticism among the people. Whether you like it or not, you have to take it in the sportsman’s spirit and move ahead pardoning him. Probably because of the voluntary sharing of practical pranks and wits against people by the people, it has become globally known as the day of laughter and stupidity. On this day, people can become children and play pranks at everybody. In this article, we would be digging deep into the origin of the April Fool’s Day.

Despite digging into the past, the origin of making the harmless prank and playing with the people for the fun sake is still shrouded in darkness. There are multiple sources from which we can take the references to its origin. According to one school of thought, one can trace back the origin of this pranks’ day to the days of Roman Empire. The celebrations of this day have close resemblance with the Roman festival of Hilaria. During those days, the festival Hilaria called it as the Feast of Fools. From the records, people have inferred that the Romans celebrate this day by making light

-hearted giddiness and tame mockery of things that happened around them. The folklore from this period suggests that the practice of making mockery in a harmless way and making practical pranks had begun during the time of Constantine. At that time, a group of jesters and fools told the Roman Emperor about their ability to better the empire. Amused by this, the Roman ruler asked one of them by the name Kugel to become the King for one day. In this one day, he had issued insane orders that took people and the bureaucracy by surprise. This day is later carried forward as the Fool’s Day. This day can also be reinterpreted as “Every fool has his own day”. On this day, no one in senses should question the insane behavior or deeds of people.

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