History and origin of April Fools' Day

  • The origin of April Fools' Day is unknown but the practice is believed to date back to 1582 when Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar.

  • The Gregorian calendar begins on January 1, but in the older version, the year began around April 1.

  • When the calendars were switched, some people continued to celebrate the New Year from the last week of March until the first of April.

  • Then people began to make fun of those who stuck to the old calendar, and thus the custom of “April Fools’ Day” began.

  • Historians are also known to associate April Fool's Day with "festivals like Hilaria," which in Latin means cheerfulness.

  • On this day, people in ancient Rome dressed up in costumes, made fun of each other and played games.

  • This day also comes on the heels of the Indian festival of Holi, the Persian Sizdah Bidar festival, and the Jewish Purim, and surprisingly, the three early spring festivals include different forms of fun.

Some of the most famous jokes that were said on this day, and caused a great stir at the time:

Black wash

  • The oldest recorded "April Fool's Day" goes back to the year 1698, when people in London were invited to watch the annual lion washing ceremony in the Tower of London area. Indeed, many people went to the place, but there were no lions to be washed, so it was just a lie.

  • The strange thing is that some people believed it and began frequenting the area at the same time year after year in order to see lions that would not come.

Treasure theft:

  • In 1905, a German newspaper published news that thieves dug a tunnel under the US Treasury building and stole all the gold and silver from it.

  • The newspaper said that the value of the stolen items amounted to $268 million.

  • The news quickly spread like wildfire and was republished by many newspapers in Europe and the United States, but the news was only in the imagination of those who wrote it.