April Fools Day is probably the most light-hearted day of the year.
It’s origin is uncertain, it might be rooted in an early celebration related to the turn of the seasons, another possible origin has it stemming from the adoption of a new calendar, and the mistakes people had with getting used to that change.
Millions of people in homes, schools and workplaces spend the morning of April 1 playing practical jokes on each other in the hope of a quick laugh.
Even the media loves playing the joker, and many publications including many major newspapers, relish the once-a-year chance to publish a fake stories to wind up their readers.
April Fools Day is observed throughout the 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.
It is worth noting that many different cultures have had days of foolishness around the first of April. The Romans rejoiced in the resurrection of Attis, with the festival of Hilaria. The Hindu calendar has Holi, and the Jewish calendar has Purim. Perhaps there’s simply something about this time of year, with its turn from winter to spring, that lends itself to light hearted celebrations!
Here are some of the ways in which people around the world celebrate the day:
In France, the day is called ‘Poisson d’Avril’, which translates to ‘April Fish’. French children will often tape a picture of a fish on to the back of their friends and wait for them to realize.
In Scotland, traditionally people were sent on a foolish errand to deliver a sealed message, which was a poem mocking the person making the delivery.
In Iran pranks have been played on April 1 since 536 BC. The day is the 13th day of the Persian New Year, and is called Sizdah Bedar.
During India’s Holi festival, people play jokes, throw coloured dust and wear face and body paint to officially welcome spring.
Throwing powder is also popular in Portugal, where people throw flour over each other.
And in the Nordic countries, Danes, Finns, Icelanders, Norwegians and Swedes also celebrate April Fools Day, heralding warmer weather after the long winter.
Pranks are more successful first thing in the morning, before the person being tricked has had enough coffee to suspect anything. Most people tip-toe around on April Fools Day, knowing a joke is hidden from plain sight around every corner. So, it’s best to trick people before they even have the opportunity to leave the house.
What easy pranks can I play at works?
1. Change the language on your colleague’s computer.
2. Hard boil all the eggs in the carton and place them back in the fridge.
3. Fill a hair dryer with talcum powder.
4. Attach an air horn under your boss’s seat.
5. Cover a colleague’s desk in sticky notes.
How about pranks I could play on my kids?
1. Add colored bath tablets to the bathroom faucet.
2. Freeze their morning breakfast.
3. Superglue change to the sidewalk.
4. Switch around their dresser drawers.
5. Turn the water off – This one is mean!
If you’re still looking for ideas or products to help you prank…We mean celebrate this foolish, day, you’ll discover that we have a pretty wide variety of products to choose from. It’s no joke, go ahead and take a look around the site and we’re sure you’ll find what you need to to participate in the April foolishness! Be on the lookout for gags, joke books, and prank accessories. Don’t forget to be wary of pranks by colleagues, family and friends, they might also be shopping on our site!
Here are a few more pranks for your consideration:
We wish you smile and laughter!
The Stuccu Team