April Fools’ Day is celebrated every year on April 1 but Where & When did April fools come from and How the tradition begun? Read to know the History of April Fools day.
On 1st April, many of you may be planning to be mischievous and play pranks on your friends and family. April Fools Day or All Fools Day has been celebrated in the UK since at least the 19th century,” explains Andrea Livesey, a historian from the University of Bristol.
There are completely different stories in different parts of the world There is surprisingly little known about the origins of April Fools’ Day and there are a large number of completely different stories and theories which are totally different from each other about its its origin.
on theory is that Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day especially in most European towns. April 1 and later new year was shifted to January 1 and few rejected the shift and few unknowingly celebrated 1st april as new year and other people used to make fun of them and celebrated April 1st as fools day.
Other important theory about the origin is from Netharlands. In the Netherlands, The origin of April Fools’ Day is often attributed to the Dutch victory at Brielle in 1572, where the Spanish Duke Álvarez de Toledo was defeated. “Op 1 april verloor Alva zijn bril.” is a Dutch proverb, which can be translated to: “On the first of April, Alva lost his glasses.” In this case, the glasses (“bril” in Dutch) serve as a metaphor for Brielle. This theory, however, provides no explanation for the international celebration of April Fools’ Day.