Why People Celebrate 1st April as Fools Day?

Why People Celebrate 1st April as Fools Day?

1st AprilThe custom of making fools on 1st April is very popular all over the world. This is the only day on which making elders fools is permissible. Several reasons are considered to be cause for the initiation of April Fools custom.

  • April 1st was considered as the New Year’s Day in France and related countries earlier
  • Most of the regions of western world started considering Easter as the first day of New Year. But the day of Easter varies from time to time due to the movement of zodiac and thus it happened twice in a year few decades ago.
  • This difference in consideration of New Years day made difficulty for synchronizing schedules and deals between countries
  • This inconvenience forced France to follow the Roman calendar for official transactions and record filing
  • The introduction of Roman calendar started the custom of presenting gifts on 1st January behalf of New Year in the government and high financial sectors of people.
  • The King of France, Charles IX announced January 1st as the first day of New Year officially in the year of 1563.
  • Pope Gregory has modified the Roman calendar and made the calendar which we are using currently
  • People have not ignored earlier significance of 1st April even after declaring 1st January and thus some continued to wish their relatives about New Year on 1st April.
  • Some people used to wish New Year greetings on April 1st and then make them fools by telling ‘You are a fool, this is not 1st January’.

 

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