posted on Apr, 1 2004 @ 11:25 AM
Unlike most of the other nonfoolish holidays, the history of April Fool's Day, sometimes called All Fool's Day, is not totally clear. There really
wasn't a "first April Fool's Day" that can be pinpointed on the calendar. Some believe it sort of evolved simultaneously in several cultures at
the same time, from celebrations involving the first day of spring.
The closest point in time that can be identified as the beginning of this tradition was in 1582, in France. Prior to that year, the new year was
celebrated for eight days, beginning on March 25. The celebration culminated on April 1. With the reform of the calendar under Charles IX, the
Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved to January 1.
Ancient cultures, including those as varied as the Romans and the Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox
(March 20th or March 21st.)
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's
Day to be celebrated Jan. 1.
Many French Refuse
In France, however, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April
Here you guys go, now you can know why your having fun.