We promise you after you read this article, April fool day won’t have any secret for you !
There are many theories about where that actually came from, but the most likely seems to trace all the way back to 1564 when the French king Charles IX decided to change calendar and instead of celebrating new year the 1st of April, he changes it to the 1st of January.
Even though the news was spread, some people didn’t get the message and continued to celebrate the new year on April 1. Because of this, they were ridiculed and branded as ‘fools’; the tradition of April Fools’ Day began.
Why french people are using fake fish ?
Those who are fooled on April 1 are called the “Poisson d’Avril” (the April Fish) in France. A common prank is to place a paper fish on the back of a person. When the paper fish is discovered, the victim is declared a “Poisson d’Avril.”
The reason is that when the date of “New years” changed to April not everyone knew about this changement the first year. And at this epoch in the french culture it was normal to offer present for new year, during the same time as lent, a period which people were only allowed to eat fish, people gave fish as gifts (for new years). When the King changed the date people who didn’t know carried on offering present (fish) and “poisson d’avril” started.
A FEW BLAGUES THAT HAVE MARKED THE HISTORY OF BLAGUES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM:
1980: The BBC TV channel announced that the Big Ben clock is going digital.
1999: BBC radio 4 told listeners that the English national anthem “God save the Queen” will soon be replaced by a European song in German. Thousands of listeners called the antenna, outraged.
2009: The British daily Sunl announced that Ukraine will be allowed to play the long version of its hymn, which will last 6min30 in a match against England. The English Federation warned that any supporter who sits down during the hymn would be expelled from the stadium.
2013: The BBC, always, declared that the famous William Shakespeare, father of English Literature was actually … French. The mother of the playwright born Arden would be named because of the name of the forest of the Ardennes.