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April Fool's Day originated from the New Year festival in the 16th century.The New Year celebrations began on March 25th and ended on April 1st. Peploe sent each other presents and invited guests round to their houses.

Then in 1582 King Charles IX of France declared, that there should be a new calendar, for the Christians, called the Gregorian Calendar.New Year was then celebrated on January 1st.
However,some people liked the old traditions and still celebrated New Year on April 1st. These people were called "April Fools" and a lot of tricks were played on them,like inviting them to imaginary parties or they were given funny presents.
After a while, everybody agreed to the new calendar, but they liked the fun they had on April 1st and carried on playing joke on people. So that is how it all started. Today it's a big tradition in Britain and people really enjoy themselves.
In France they make a paper fish and glue it to the back of a person and as soon as that person sees it they scream "Poison D'avril".(April Fish).
If you see a €100 note lying on the pavement on April 1st, then you best bet is to leave it lying there because it won't be real and you will be called and "April fool" if you pick it up.
Most April Fool jokes are meant to be funny and not to hurt others. The best April Fool joke is the one where everybody laughs - even the person who the tricks was played on in the first place.

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  1. April Fool Day is widely celebrated as a day which tolerates jokes and foolishness. The day is marked by the commission of good humoured or funny jokes, hoaxes and other jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, work associates, etc. I like it because it's so positive holiday. And every year I prepare for it in order to spend it funny and remember it all year long. I know a lot of pranks but almost all of them are old style. Lately I came across http://www.torrentoff.com. and found there a lot of useful information about April Fool day. Brows books and movies. So funny! Happy April Fool Day! Be the first to yell April Fool.