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Why Do We Celebrate April Fool's Day?
dan632 Posted: Sat Apr 3 03:08:17 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Truth is we really don't know where the tradition of playing pranks on people came from.

There are a few theories floating around though.

When the western world used the Julian calendar, the year began on March 25th because they celebrated the start of a new year with the start of spring. However since that fell in the Holy Week, the celebrated it on the first of April. However when we switched to the Gregorian calendar in the 1500s, we moved the New Year to the first of January. According to the most widely told story, those who still celebrated the New Year on April 1st were called April fools.

The Encyclopedia of Religion and the Encyclopedia Britannica thinks that the timing of April Fool's Day is directly related to the arrival of Spring, when nature 'fools' humans with erratic weather.

The Country Diary of Garden Lore has a theory that April Fools Day commemorates "the fruitless mission of the rook (the European crow) who was sent out in search of land from Noah's flood-surrounded ark."

So, on April 1st are you going to be the tricked or the trickster?

choke Posted: Sat Apr 3 03:53:21 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  i forgot what day it was.. pranks were played around me :P

Dancer Posted: Sat Apr 3 05:25:05 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  used to play it when i was younger.. such fun. however, i just pulled a trick on a friend this april's fool, i couldn't let this tradition fade away... maybe i'm trying to savour a part of being a child still..

FN Posted: Sat Apr 3 08:54:56 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  My brother sent me an SMS that our (sick) dog had died lol

Maya Posted: Sat Apr 3 14:31:23 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  i hate it, its my bday on April 1st and i always get the line "you must be a joke then?" sweet?!

marsteller Posted: Sun Apr 4 22:16:54 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  fuck April Fool's


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