April Fool’s: Where did it come from?

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With April Fool’s just around the corner, many are thinking up big pranks and schemes to attract the gullible, but where did this holiday come from? What started this tradition of jests? Well let’s find out!

According to an article from National Geographic, the origin of April Fool’s is uncertain, but there are a few theories. The first one states that during the 1500s, France changed their calendar so that it would start in January (after the Roman calendar) instead of the end of March/beginning of April (which was the start of spring). However, news of this change did not spread fast enough within France and many still believed that the year started in April. These uninformed people came to be known as “April Fools” and thus the legend began….or did it?

Another theory, one from Joseph Boskin, states that April Fool’s actually originated from Constantine’s time. It is said that jesters asked Constantine to put a jester ruler in place for one day so Constantine allowed his jester, King Kugel to be in charge for one day, April 1st, and the jester named this event, “The day of absurdity”. Could this be the origin?

Will we ever know the origin of April Fool’s day? Maybe not, but we can always count of it being full of jokes and jabs! Enjoy your “day of absurdity”!

Thy Humble Leaf,

Kayla Kyle

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/03/080328-april-fools/

Photo Source: http://mashable.com/2012/04/01/april-fools-day-history/

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