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April Fools' Day
- Created 2012-03-16
April Fools' Day
April Fool's Day
All Fools' Day
) is celebrated in many countries on April 1 every year. April 1 is not a
, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play
es on each other called
, children and adults traditionally tack paper fishes on each other's back as a trick and shout "April fish!" in their local languages (
, respectively). Such fish feature prominently on many late 19th to early 20th century French April Fools' Day postcards.
The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness is an ambiguous reference in
(1392). Many writers suggest that the restoration of January 1 by
Pope Gregory XIII
New Year's Day
in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, sometimes questioned for earlier references.
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