References to April Fool’s Day can be traced back to as early as the 1500s, but information on its origins is vague and infrequent. The beginnings of April Fool’s day remain something of a mystery, but many throughout history have offered their takes on the holiday for hoaxers. One of the more popular theories suggests that April Fool’s Day sprung up after the French calendar reform in 1564. France moved the start of the year from the end of March to January 1, and those who continued to celebrate the new year in March were the victims of pranks. Pranksters stuck paper fish to the backs of unwitting victims. To this day, Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish, is the term used for April Fool’s Day in France.
Today, people all around the world celebrate April Fool’s Day with silly pranks and attempts to convince people to believe in things that are truly ridiculous. Unless one wants to be the victim of a prank, he or she should take things said and done on April 1 with a grain of salt. Nothing is what it seems on April Fool’s Day, and that’s part of the fun of it.