April Fools’ Day, celebrated each year on the 1st April, has become an opportunity for increasingly elaborate pranks. Although not officially recognised in any country as a public holiday, it is an occasion which sees national newspapers publish prank stories and multi-national companies release false marketing campaigns. On a more individual level it is a time for practical jokes with friends and colleagues.
Exactly when and where this surreal celebration of foolishness and humour originated is unclear, however.
So begins Daryl Worthington’s concise account of the possibilities for the origin of April Fools’ Day. Here is the full post at NewHistorian–no foolin’: Origin of April Fools’ Day.