April Fool's Day is not exactly a holiday; instead, it is just a fun day that gives people the excuse to be silly. There are disagreements about the history of the day, but one of the more common explanations is that this day used to be New Year's Day. In ancient Europe many people celebrated the coming of the new year with the coming of spring. One way they would celebrate spring was by giving gifts to family and friends. In 1564, the King of France decided to change the calendar and use a different one. This new calendar put New Year's in January. One problem was that many people didn't like the new day. These people decided to continue celebrating on April 1st. However, the gifts they gave became funny or worthless instead of nice or expensive.
Silly (adjective): foolish and funny; not serious
Tricks (noun): a joke that will fool and amuse someone
Tease (verb): to joke with someone; to play. This can be mean if you are not careful.
My grandmother loved April Fool's Day. Every year she played some crazy
trick on my grandfather. One year, she put blue Kool-Aid in the shower
so that when Grandpa turned the shower on, the blue dye stained his face
and shoulders a lovely shade of blue. Another year she stretched clear
plastic over the toilet. He couldn't tell it was there until he went to
the bathroom and nothing would go in the toilet. Another year Grandma took
Oreo cookies and scraped all the white frosting out of the middle. Then
she put white toothpaste in the cookies and gave them to Grandpa with a
big cup of milk. It was always a huge relief for Grandpa when April 1st
was finally over! (Symonie, age 30, Arizona)
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Last modified April 27, 1999.