“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” Shakespeare – As You Like It (Act V, Scene I)
As usual, I always forget about this day till it’s too late to do anything about it and if you play the prank or joke but have to give it up by 12noon or else you’re the fool!
Well that’s what I was told growing up. In my curiosity of it’s origin I decided to research it further but have discovered no one really knows. There are a few theories but strangely enough it’s beginnings has been ‘lost in translation’.
“Sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is one of the most light hearted days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons – the spring equinox, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.
April Fools’ Day is observed throughout the Western world. Practices include sending someone on a “fool’s errand,” looking for things that don’t exist; playing pranks; and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things.”