Were You an "April Fool"?

  • April 02, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
I hope everyone enjoyed the month of March - and now we're heading into April.  Yesterday was the 1st of April or better known as April Fools' Day!  Although it's not an actual holiday, people in many countries still love to celebrate it by playing pranks and other pratical jokes on family, friends, neighbors and enemies alike.  April Fools' Day is a "for-fun-only" day.  We're not expected to buy gifts or take our loved ones out to a nice dinner and nobody gets the day off work or school.  But no matter how "fun" it is, nobody is safe from pratical jokes.  We're you an April Fool yesterday? A little insight into April Fools' Day around the world:
  • France - the person fooled is known as "poisson d'avril" (April fish). This tradition is where you attempt to attach a paper fish to the back of your friends shirt without being noticed.
  • Belgium - The Flemish tradition is for children to lock out their parents or teachers, only letting them in if they promise to bring treats the same evening or the next day.
  • Poland -  A day full of jokes where various hoaxes are prepared by people of the media.
  • United Kingdom - Tradition requires jokes to be played before midday.  If somebody pulls an April Fools' trick after midday, then the person pulling the trick is actually considered the fool and this rhyme may be chanted:  "April Fool's has come and gone, who's the fool that carried on"?
There is a great quote by Mark Twain regarding April Fools' Day - "The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year".