April fool’s day is a holiday celebrated around the world on the first of April every year. It is a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other, with the aim of making each other laugh. In this text, you will learn about the origins of this holiday, and some fun jokes and hoaxes to play on friends or family. Enjoy!


Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. In the Julian Calendar, as in the Hindu calendar, the new year began with the spring equinox around April 1.

People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.” These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.


1. A classic prank that you can pull on April Fools’ Day is to put a “Whoopee Cushion” on someone’s chair. When they sit on the chair, there will be a loud farting noise.

2. Fill a room with balloons, so that when your friend opens the door, they are greeted with a colorful explosion.

3. If you want to be a little more creative, you could try switching the contents of two different food containers, you could try switching the salt inside of a shaker to sugar, so when the person puts salt on something, it will end up sweet and not salty.

Very important!

It’s important to remember that pranks should always be harmless and funny. Don’t do anything that could hurt or upset your friend, prepare to laugh at yourself, because you also might get pranked. After all, April Fools’ Day is all about having a good time and making memories with people you care about.


Did you know that in Poland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, the media will often publish a story that is false in honor of the holiday.

I hope you will have a nice April Fools’ Day!


Par Lucas Velasquez gr. 1-75


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