Why is April 1 called “April Fools Day”?

The most popular explanation is the switch to the Gregorian calendar in 1582. Prior to that, the new year was celebrated for eight days, from March 25 until April 1. Those who did not adapt to the new calendar system, or did not learn about it, continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. People began making fun of these traditionalists, sending them on “fool’s errands” or trying to trick them into believing something false.

These April “fools” were subjected to ridicule and practical jokes and the tradition to do practical jokes on April 1 was born.

Published by Leah Busboom

Leah Busboom wanted to become an author since the day she learned how to read! She specializes in the Romance genre because she loves a good story with a happy ending. Her books are known for their heart warming stories, intriguing characters and hilarious real life situations that make you want to laugh out loud. Leah currently lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband, her "Blue Bomber" bicycle and a hundred bunny rabbits that roam free in the neighborhood.

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