Why first April is called April fool?

India
April 2, 2007 10:00am CST
Can somebody share their views on the subject Topic.I am more eager to know.
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@samrat16 (2442)
• India
2 Apr 07
the history of April Fool's Day or All Fool's Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved from March 25 - April 1 (new year's week) to January 1. Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1. These people were labeled "fools" by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on "fool errands," sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a "poisson d'avril" or "April fish" because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke. This harassment evolved over time and a custom of prank-playing continue on the first day of April. This tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English and the French. Because of this spread to other countries, April Fool's Day has taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating the holiday in its own way. In Scotland, for instance, April Fool's Day is devoted to spoofs involving the buttocks and as such is called Taily Day. The butts of these jokes are known as April 'Gowk', another name for cuckoo bird. The origins of the "Kick Me" sign can be traced back to the Scottish observance. In England, jokes are played only in the morning. Fools are called 'gobs' or 'gobby' and the victim of a joke is called a 'noodle.' It was considered back luck to play a practical joke on someone after noon. In Rome, the holiday is known as Festival of Hilaria, celebrating the resurrection of the god Attis, is on March 25 and is also referred to as "Roman Laughing Day." In Portugal, April Fool's Day falls on the Sunday and Monday before lent. In this celebration, many people throw flour at their friends. The Huli Festival is celebrated on March 31 in India. People play jokes on one another and smear colors on one another celebrating the arrival of Spring. So, no matter where you happen to be in the world on April 1, don't be surprised if April fools fall playfully upon you.
• India
4 Apr 07
The origin of this custom has been much disputed. Many theories have been suggested. What seems certain is that it is in some way or other a relic of those once universal festivities held at the vernal equinox, which, beginning on old New Years day, the 25th of March, ended on the 1st of April. It has been suggested that Europe derived its April-fooling from the French. France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day (which was already celebrated by many), by decree of Charles IX. This was in 1564, even before the adoption of the Gregorian calendar (See Julian start of the year). Thus the New Year's gifts and visits of felicitation which had been the feature of the 1st of April became associated with the first day of January, and those who disliked or did not hear about the change were fair game for those wits who amused themselves by sending mock presents and paying calls of pretended ceremony on the 1st of April. French and Dutch references from 1508 and 1539 respectively describe April Fools' Day jokes and the custom of making them on the first of April.
• India
7 Apr 07
Thank you very much.I could know a lot from you about April fool day.Once again extend my sincere thanks.Good luck.
@Darkwing (21588)
7 Apr 07
The history of April Fool's Day is not totally clear. There really wasn't a first April Fool's Day that can be pinpointed on the calendar. Some believe it evolved simultaneously in several cultures at the same time, from celebrations involving the first day of spring. The closest point in time that can be identified as the beginning of this tradition was in France, in 1582. Until the previous year, the New Year was celebrated for eight days, beginning on March 25th with the celebration culminating on April 1st. With the reform of the calendar under Charles IX, the Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved to January 1st, but the tradition was obviously kept at the original date. Brightest Blessings.
• India
4 Apr 07
In the 16th century, France celebrated the New Year just like we do today, except they partied-down on April 1st. In 1562, Pope Gregory changed the calendar to the one we use today and from then on, the New Year began on January 1st. Lots of peeps didn't know about the new calendar, or they ignored the new calendar and kept celebrating on April 1st. Everyone else called them April fools and played tricks on them.
@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
3 Apr 07
well it is called april fool because you do foolish silly things at that day. nobody really knows how it started and what is the origin of this custom. it is assumed that this foolish day:) started when in the 1500's when the gregorian calender took over from the julian. those that forgot the change and attempted to celebrate 'new years' on the wrong date were teased as 'april's fools':)
@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
2 Apr 07
I read somewhere that it is a custom from France. When they started to use the Gregorian calaendar there were still some that insisted the new year was to begin in april. So the ones in favor of the gregorian calendar pinned paper fish on their backs to show how stupid they were.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
2 Apr 07
The origin of April Fool's Day remains clouded in obscurity. Basically no one knows exactly where, when, or why the celebration began. What we do know is that references to 'All Fool's Day' (what April Fool's Day was first called) began to appear in Europe during the late Middle Ages. All Fool's Day was a folk celebration and elite participation in it was minimal (which is why it's so difficult to trace the exact origin of the day, because the people celebrating it back then weren't the kind of people who kept records of what they did). But what is clear is that the tradition of a day devoted to foolery has ancient roots. As we look back in time we find many ancient predecessors of April Fool's Day. Found this at http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/aforigin.html There is more information there. This might help you to find the information that you seek.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
2 Apr 07
we had this the other day in a post . But it is really a way to have fun and jokes on people