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Origins of April Fools' Day

origins of april fools' day

It's April 1st... so of course, it's also April Fools' Day.

I love history and exploring the interconnectedness of all things. So let's briefly explore the origins of this cheeky day.

Although the origins of April Fools’ Day are unclear...

Some believe the tradition began in 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. source.

Which is also when the date for Easter started being determined by the Sunday that follows the first full moon after the March eclipse.

I posted video about that, watch it here.

In the Julian Calendar, the new year began around April 1st, and people who were slow to recognize this change were called “April fools.”

Others tie the event to the ancient holiday Hilaria, in which Roman citizens mocked one another and their leaders.

Still others connect it to a medieval celebration called the Feast of Fools, where a faux pope was elected and church traditions were satirized.

Interesting, right?!

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