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Sunday, March 21, 2010

April Fools' Day History, Lessons, and Resources

The first of April, some do say,
Is set apart for All Fools' Day.
But why the people call it so,
Nor I, nor they themselves do know.
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment.
-- Poor Robin's Almanac (1790)

The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. -- Mark Twain

"All Fools' Day" is practiced in many parts of the world with practical jokes and sending people on a fool's errand. Some suggest that the origin began with the celebrations of the Spring Equinox. While some believe it has to do the a Roman festival known as Hilaria, the end of the Celtic new year. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.

In the United States, pranks are played on just about everybody. Pranks range from the standard "Your shoe is untied", to some very creative and elaborate ideas. The only "rule" is that no one should be harmed. Corporations, newspapers, and television stations will also play practical jokes on April Fools' Day.

Sources and Resources: History History Resources Test Lesson Origins April Fools' Day Resources

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