april fools prank day

April fools prank day is just a day set aside for people to pull pranks on others with practical jokes or hoaxes. Some of the pranks are expensive whiles others are not.

People from all walks of life around the world, observe or participate in the marking of the day. However, the history behind the day is less known of most people.

According to a French history, April Fools Day dates back to the 16th century to when France made a move from their Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. It was the change in this calendar that resulted in the recognition of January 1 as the beginning of a new year. Before the change, end of March was recognized as the beginning of a new year.

However, some people could not make the changes to their calendars, and as a result, they made all sorts of mistakes. These people were the ones described as fools.

Some historians too have linked April Fools prank Day to the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria which means ‘joyful’ in Latin. Hilaria was celebrated at the end of March. People marked the day by disguising themselves by wearing certain cloths and making fun of just anybody.

Today, not only young and old folks mark the day, as companies are joining the prank fun. Years back, Amazon claimed it had invented the “Petlexa” to make it possible for humans to communicate with animals.

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