Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Origin of April Fool's Day

This crazy lil day is said to be rooted to the 1500s - it is observed in many European nations. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons. 

According to wikipedia, precursors of April Fools' Day include the Roman festival of Hilaria (which celebrated Cybele, an Anatolian goddess), held 25 March, and the Medieval Feast of Fools, held 28 December, a day on which pranks are still played in Spanish-speaking countries.

Sources say one of the first known April Fools’ pranks occurred in 1698, when citizens of London were tricked into attending the lion-washing ceremony at the Tower of London, a ceremony that did not actually exist.





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