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Top 10 Facts About April Fools’ Day

Do you want to learn about April Fools' Day? Well you've come to the right place! Check out these 10 facts about April Fools' Day...

1. April Fools’ Day is on 1st April every year.

April Fools’ Day falls on 1st April every year.

Make sure your joke is good as this day only comes around once a year!

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2. It is celebrated all across the world.

April Fools’ Day is celebrated all across the world.

This includes the UK, Brazil, France, Greece, India, Poland, United States and more!

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3. It’s a day for playing practical jokes!

April Fools’ Day is the best day to play practical jokes.

It’s every practical jokers favourite day!

Let us know what jokes you pulled…

4. You are meant to stop the April Fools jokes at 12pm!

Get the rule book out…

Apparently the April Fools rules have been in place since the 1700s!

You should only be doing April Fools jokes until 12pm.

No one is too sure why, but some say it’s bad luck!

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5. In France they call it Poisson d’Avril.

In France they have a tradition where they stick a paper fish on each others backs.

They then shout “Poisson d’Avril” once it has been discovered!

It translates to ‘April Fish’.

Find out more about France

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6. Ancient Romans had a holiday called Hilaria which was very similar to April Fools’ Day!

The ancient Romans had a holiday called Hilaria.

This is when they played jokes on eachother.

It was very similar to April Fools!

See our Top 10 Facts About The Romans!

7. Some historians believe the day started in 1582.

Some historians believe that April Fools’ Day started in 1582.

During this year, France switched to a different calendar.

This meant that the start of their year used to be around 1st April, however it changed to 1st January, like it is today.

Some people accidentally celebrated new year in April and were called ‘April fools’!

8. Some believe April Fools’ Day started on the first day of Spring.

Some people believe that April Fools’ Day started on the first day of Spring.

They think it’s because during this time Mother Nature fools us with the sudden change of weather!

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9. Lots of companies, radios and TV channels make April Fools jokes!

On April Fools day, lots of companies like to get involved!

There are always lots of articles posted which are there to trick you.

One of the best April Fools jokes was in 1957 when a man called Richard Dimbleby said that spaghetti was growing from trees!

This was on a BBC programme.

People actually believed it and even phoned up to ask how they could grow their own!

Have you been fooled?

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10. The celebrations last for two days in Scotland!

Did you know that April Fools’ Day celebrations actually last two days in Scotland?!

It’s also known as ‘April Gowk’, ‘Gowkie Day’ and ‘Hunt the Gowk’.

Gowk means ‘cuckoo’!

Click here for exciting things to do in Scotland

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