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April Fools' day: What's origin and history?

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Asked by ankit shivam, 01 Apr '11 10:35 am
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April Fools' Day, sometimes called All Fools' Day, is one of the most light-hearted days of the year. 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.

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Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on or around April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.) In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Da ...more
Answered by sanjeev, 01 Apr '11 10:45 am

 
  
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April Fools' Day is celebrated all around the world on the April 1 of every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools' Day, April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day where everyone plays all kinds of jokes and foolishness. The day is marked by the commission of good humoured or funny jokes, hoaxes, and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, work associates, etc.
Traditionally, in some countries such as New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, Australia, and South Africa, the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool".[1]
Elsewhere, such as in France, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S., the jokes last all day. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392). Many writers suggest that the restoration of the January 1 as New Yea ...more
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Answered by urmila, 01 Apr '11 10:37 am

 
  
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Interesting b a
Answered by alok goel, 23 Oct '11 01:58 am

 
  
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Aapka birthday hota hai aj ke din
Answered by MOHIT, 01 Apr '11 10:40 am

 
  
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In france when the then king shifted the new year date to 1 jan from 1 Apr there were a lot of people who opposed it..those people were called fools because officially new year started from 1 jan..(cant remember if it was French or Brits and the year)..
Answered by Anurag Sharma, 01 Apr '11 10:39 am

 
  
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Maine aaj subah do bar logo ko Question kar ke bana chuka hoo. kya karenge History jankar. badi boring hoti hai Historiaaaaaaaa.
Answered by vivek singh, 01 Apr '11 10:38 am

 
  
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Already answered well
Answered by alok, 26 Jan '12 12:21 am

 
  
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A good answer from Sanjeev
Answered by anil garg, 02 Jan '12 11:10 pm

 
  
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