I’m not a fan of April Fool’s Day pranks. It’s okay if it’s harmless, but I’ve never thought them funny. My question is, where and how did this even start?
There are a lot of theories but no definitive proof on how this day came about. The most common theory is that it started after Pope Gregory (not to be confused with my long suffering husband, St. Greg) replaced the Julian calendar with his own. The Gregorian calendar moved the first day of the year to January 1. In the Julian calendar, the year started on March 25th.
Oddly enough, people back then didn’t celebrate the new year until April 1st due to the previous week being a holy week. According to one theory, those who continued to celebrate the new year on April 1 were fools, hence it became the day of fools.
Have you ever played a prank on someone on April Fool’s Day? How did it go?
Word of warning, the best response you’ll get out of me is the squinty eye of disapproval. I must disappoint Greg. He loves to play pranks and I’m not a good sport about it.
How about you?