martes, 31 de marzo de 2009

April fool's day

Why is All Fools' Day celebrated on 1st April?

April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day is celebrated in many countries on April 1. People play hoaxes and other practical jokes on friends, family members, relatives and neighbours, or send them on fool's errand to embarrass these people. Traditionally, in some countries, the jokes only last until noon: like UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool". Elsewhere, such as in Ireland, France, and the USA, the jokes last all day.
The tradition begins in France in 1582 . Before that year, the New Year was celebrated for eight days, beginning on March 25; the celebration culminated on April1. With the reform of the calendar made by Charles IX, the Gregorian calendar was introduced, and New Year´s Day was moved to January 1. However, communication in those days was not good. News travelled by foot and many people did not receive it for several years. Others, refused to accept the new calendar and continued to celebrate the New Year´s on April 1. Overtime, it evolved into a tradition on April 1st, being remembered as chaotic and unpredictable day.
In our country we have a similar celebration on 28th December. Now, you have a second chance to play a joke on someone but please, be good teasers.

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