April 1 – April Fools Day!

April Fools Day

Many people believe that April Fools’ Day originated with the Roman festival of Hilaria, which celebrated the resurrection of the god Attis. Hilaria took place around the vernal equinox, on March 25, and ended on April 1.

In the Middle Ages, New Year’s Day was celebrated on March 25 in most European towns. In some areas, the New Year was celebrated on April 1. It is thought that April Fools’ Day may have originated because those who celebrated the New Year on April 1 made fun of those who celebrated on March 25.

Over time, the holiday became known as April Fools’ Day. People began to play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. The tradition continues today, with people of all ages playing tricks on family, friends, and co-workers.