The origins of this prankster holiday extend to many countries and far back into history. Many cultures celebrate a day for the playing of harmless jokes on neighbors and friends, including the Roman festival of Hilaria, India’s Holi festival, and the Medieval Feast of Fools. In the seventeenth century, John Aubrey (an English antiquary, natural philosopher, and writer—the Aubrey holes at Stonehenge are named after him) referred to the holiday as “Fooles holy day”, the first British reference.
People play jokes on each other, but large corporations, newspaper, etc. have perpetrated elaborate jokes as well. In 1957, the BBC broadcast a film supposedly showing Swiss farmers picking freshly-grown spaghetti, in what they called the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest.
The internet has provided global news an opportunity to catch and embarrass a wider audience. I could get political here, but I won’t.
In the UK, an April Fool joke is celebrated by shouting “April fool!” at the recipient, who becomes the “April fool”. The joking ceases at noon. Anyone playing a prank after midday then becomes the “April fool” themselves. In Romania, an April Fool joke is revealed by shouting “Pacaleala de 1 Aprilie!” ( April 1 hoax) at the victim.
I’m marrying Johnny Depp in the morning! April Fool!
Enjoy your harmless pranks day! Linda