Thursday, 24 March 2016

April Fools’ Day- "April fish"keep an eye out pranksters.

April Fools' Day (sometimes called All Fools' Day) is celebrated every year on 1 April by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are called April fools. People playing April Fool jokes expose their prank by shouting April Fool.More specifically, April Fools’ Day is about making other people look stupid with practical jokes. Some newspapers, magazines, and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the next day or below the news section in small letters. Although popular since the 19th century, the day is not a public holiday in any country.Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.
April Fools! The date falls on a Friday this year, so keep an eye out for office pranksters.
What happens on April Fools’ Day?
For those who don't know, April Fools’ is a light-hearted day of national japery celebrated every year on April 1st.
Millions of people in homes, schools and workplaces spend the morning of April 1 playing practical jokes on each other in the hope of a quick laugh (and to avoid doing work).
The media love to play the joker and many publications, including The Telegraph, relish the once-a-year chance to publish a fake news story to wind up their readers.
‘Victims’ of April Fools’ jokes are known as April Fools, but only until midday. Then the person playing the joke is considered the April Fool.
Sadly the day, which has been popular throughout the Western world since the 19th century, is not a public holiday.
But why would you want a day off when there’s a legitimate chance to play a joke on your boss?
Where did the April Fool's day originate?
The custom of setting aside a day for the playing of harmless pranks upon one's neighbor is recognized everywhere.Some precursors of April Fools' Day include the Roman festival of Hilaria, the Holi festival of India,and the Medieval Feast of Fools.
In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392), the "Nun's Priest's Tale" is set Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two.Modern scholars believe that there is a copying error in the extant manuscripts and that Chaucer actually wrote, Syn March was gon. Thus the passage originally meant 32 days after March, i.e. 2 May, the anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia, which took place in 1381. Readers apparently misunderstood this line to mean "32 March", i.e. 1 April.[citation needed In Chaucer's tale, the vain cock Chauntecleer is tricked by a fox.

In 1508, French poet Eloy d'Amerval referred to a poisson d’avril (April fool, literally "April fish"), a possible reference to the holiday. In 1539, Flemish poet Eduard de Dene wrote of a nobleman who sent his servants on foolish errands on 1 April. In 1686, John Aubrey referred to the holiday as "Fooles holy day", the first British reference.On 1 April 1698, several people were tricked into going to the Tower of London to "see the Lions washed".
In the Middle Ages, New Year's Day was celebrated on 25 March in most European towns. In some areas of France, New Year's was a week-long holiday ending on 1 April. Some writers suggest that April Fools' originated because those who celebrated on 1 January made fun of those who celebrated on other dates.The use of 1 January as New Year's Day was common in France by the mid-16th century, and this date was adopted officially in 1564 by the Edict of Roussillon.
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 serve as a metaphor for Brielle. This theory, however, provides no explanation for the international celebration of April Fools' Day.
Whatever the gag, it usually ends with the prankster yelling “April Fool!" when the victim falls for it. To give you a sense of how seriously some people take April Fools' Day, 

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