What do we know about it ?
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What do we know about it ?
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe
Most of the tricks played on April 1st are far from original, and many have been used so often that they have become traditional.
The most common form of the joke is to send a simple-minded person on some fruitless errand. Naturally, children are the easiest victims. In France they are sent to get a dozen cock’s eggs, or a stick with one end, or a litre of sweet vinegar. In England they are sent for a bucket of steam, a leather hammer, or a pint of pigeon’s milk
A popular joke is to say that something is wrong with your victim’s dress (when in fact everything is in order) or that a cockroach is crawling over his or her clothes (there’s no cockroach, of course).
Children may wake their parents with the news that the house is on fire, or that some other disaster has occurred. When they see the looks of alarm on their faces, they cry, “April Fool!”
At school, lessons are practically forgotten. Children try to pin notices like “Kick me”, or “I’m a fool” on each other’s backs. Teachers have to be very careful or they too might find themselves walking around with a silly sign on their backs.
Some jokes are not so harmless. For example, you may step into a basin of water placed secretly where you are sure to step into it. You may get salt in your coffee instead of sugar. You may fall on the floor because your trousers are sewn up or your shoe-laces are tied.
By tradition, jokes are played between the hours of midnight and noon. When the clock strikes 12, all ends. This rule is strictly observed, and to break it means to hear:
April Fool’s gone past,
You’re the biggest fool at last!
April Fool’s past and gone,
You’re the fool and I’m none!