Practical jokes across the world
Published: Thursday, April 4th, 2013
April Fools’ Day was one of my favorite days of the year. Playing pranks on people and it being perfectly acceptable? Count me in!
Now, as a (somewhat) mature individual, I’m pretty paranoid on April 1 and I think it has to do with my karma. All of those fake spiders and rubber bands around the sink sprayer has finally caught up with me. And since I work with a few pranksters in the office (I’m looking at you, Jason!), I can’t help but be paranoid.
But my newfound paranoia is also considered a phobia — Aphrilophobia, or more commonly referred to as Foolsadayphobia — and shared by many across the world. In fact, April Fools’ Day is celebrated all over the world.
Many believe April Fools’ Day was first celebrated when the Gregorian calendar was adopted in the late 1500s, when the new year was moved from April 1 to Jan. 1. Those who kept the old tradition and the old date were labeled fools, hence the association. However, celebrations of the day vary from culture to culture.
France celebrates the day, known there as Poisson d’Avril (April Fish), which was celebrated with the school children taping a picture of a fish on the back of an unsuspecting classmate. Italy also celebrates the same tradition named Pesce d’ Aprile. Perhaps this is how the ‘kick me’ signs came about?
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