Description: April Fool! The First of April is a day for practical jokes.
Origin: 16th Century France
This superstition has all the trappings of a Pagan spring festival, but it may not be. Playing practical jokes on April Fools' appears to have originated in France in the middle of 16th century.
In 1564 the Church authorities moved the official New Year from the first week after Lady Day (25th of March), to the First of January as it is now. But some hilarious fellows went ahead and paid New Year visits to their friends on the First of April, in the hope of fooling them into thinking it was New Years Day again.
Most April Fools' Day pranks ever since have been equally disappointing.
April Fool Girl
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
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