Myths Around April Fools' Day, BUSTED!
Today’s April 1st, & that suddenly brings us to our mind one major thing; not to believe anyone or whatever anyone says. Even if someone isn’t trying to fool us, yet we are skeptical while trusting them on this day. Why, because we never know who’s trying to fool us & scream the next moment, ‘April Fool!! ’. We ourselves are no less, we too try our best to fool our friends & laugh at them. Hardly anyone knows why this day is celebrated the way it is!
We at The Brunette Diaries, we’ll enlighten you with facts & myths (probably myths) on April Fool’s Day!
1. Celebration Of New Year
One popular legend is that April Fools’ Day began with France’s 1564 Edict of Roussillon, which decreed that New Year’s Day be moved to January 1st. Depending on which part of France someone lived in back then, they might’ve celebrated the New Year on Easter. Those who continued to celebrate the old New Year were called “April fools” by the January 1 early adopters.
2. Date Error
Another theory suggests that April 1st became the fool’s holiday due to Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th-century collection, The Canterbury Tales, wherein Chaucer includes a playful reference to “32 March,” or April 1st. However, most scholars consider it to have been a mere copying error.
3. Lie Day
Brazil celebrates April 1 as Dia da Mentira, or “Lie Day,” in which people try to fool their loved ones. For comedic effect, of course.
4. When Mother Nature Fooled Us
There’s also speculation that April Fools’ Day was tied to the vernal equinox, or the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere when Mother Nature fooled people with changing unpredictable weather.
5. When Fools Were Actually Wise
The practice began during the reign of Constantine when a group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event. "In a way," explained Prof. Boskin, "It was a very serious day. In those times fools were really wise men. It was the role of jesters to put things in perspective with humor."
So, now you know that April Fools; is a day made entirely out of speculations & rumours. Continue playing light-hearted pranks on your friends & laugh together! Happy April Fools' Day!