What Is April Fool’s Day All About
30th March 2012
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It’s not a national holiday but it is celebrated in many different countries on 1 April every year.  It is often referred to as All Fools' Day and is widely recognised and celebrated as a day when many people can use it as an excuse to play all kinds of jokes and foolishness on other people and get away with it. 

The jokes should be of good-humour and funny, hoaxes, and other practical jokes on family, friends and work colleagues, teachers, neighbours, etc.

It is known as a tradition that in counties such as the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Cyprus and South Africa the jokes should only last until noon midday, and if anyone plays a trick after this time is classed as the "April Fool". Other countries such as France, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Ireland and the US the jokes and pranks last all day. 

The true origin of April Fool’s Day is uncertain. Many see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.  In ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on or around April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.) In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.

Are you going to carry out any April Fool tricks on Sunday, let us know of any success stories. 

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