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Sunday, April 01, 2007

April Fool's day....

April Fool's Day or All Fool's Day occurs annually on April 1. The day is generally observed by playing a practical joke on a "victim" who soon becomes known as an April Fool. This custom is thought to have started in France during the 16th century but the British are credited with bringing it to the United States.

The commonly accepted origin of April Fool's Day involves changes in the calendar. At one time, the New Year celebration used to be on April 1st. However, in 1582, King Charles IX adopted the Gregorian calendar and accepted the beginning of the new year as January 1st. Those who refused to acknowledge the new date or simply forgot received foolish gifts and invitations to nonexistent parties. The butt of such a prank was known as a "poisson d'avril" or "April fish."

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  • The funniest thing happened on 31st march. My cousin thought it was 1st april and called up with an april fools prank - what a laugh we had... ha ha

    By Blogger Cyberkitty, at 4/02/2007 11:22 AM  

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