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That, my dear Wicidites, is an example of how NOT to do an April Fool’s Day joke, as it’s really not all that funny. And a tip to you; there is no such thing as breaking up with somebody as an ‘April Fool’s’. They won’t see the funny side and you’ll be single. I’d also steer away from death, divorce, chronic illness, serious accidents and hurtful gossip. That being said, I love that for one day, the world has to somewhat find a collective sense of humour.
April Fool’s Day is celebrated on April 1st in Britain and in some countries across Europe. The origin of the day is unclear; precursors to the day include March 22nd in which the Romans celebrated the ‘Festival of Hilaria‘, which honoured the end of the cycle of Cybele, the Mountain God. This was also the first day of the year which was longer than the night, so no signs of sorrow were allowed to be shown. Another is the Medieval ‘Festival of Fools’ celebrated in Spain, France, Poland, Belgium, England and some other countries in Europe; the idea was to express power over the inferior and often parodied the higher officers of the church, enthroning ‘The Bishop of Fools’ amongst others.
Modern scholars note that Chaucer refers to April Fool’s Day in ‘The Canterbury Tales’ (1392) when the Nun tells the story of the cockerel that was tricked by a fox: ‘Syn march gon thritty days and two’.
April 1st 1638 was the first British reference to ‘Fooles holy day’ where the Tower of London sent fake invitations to several people, for the ‘Ceremony of the Washing of the Lion’ (this, Wicidites, made me actually laugh out loud!). I love Britain, I can just imagine men and women dressed up like classic Elizabethans, looking confused and tutting!
In good humour of the day, please comment below with YOUR best April Fool’s story and let’s see if we can make it onto this list – the 10 best April Fool’s Day hoaxes.
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