BIG Question: Why Do We Have April Fool’s?


Source: Vecteezy

Lenia Crouch, Editor

April Fool’s day is full of fun, and sometimes misery. You might be wondering, what is the point behind it all? I did some research, and found an answer that is waiting below for you to read it. I hope you enjoy another BIG Question!

On April 1st, 2018, April Fool’s day will be in full swing, filled with tricks and pranks being pulled all over the world. The origin of April Fool’s actually dates all the way back in the 1700’s when English pranksters began to popularize pulling practical pranks on each other on this date annually. This has been celebrated for a long time in many different cultures, but it’s true origins are a mystery. Some historians speculate that back in 1582, when France switched calendars, many people were slow to get the news and were confused and continued to consider this a day of jokes and hoaxes.

Now in modern times, it seems that we only celebrate it for the enjoyment. This is unusual though, because most holidays are either religious or have some sort of meaning behind them. So, should we actually consider this a holiday? It is not actually considered a national holiday in the U.S, but it observed here as well in many other countries. What do you think? Should we consider this a national holiday?

Finally, the best part of the article……fun pranks to pull! First, if you like to bake, you can surprise your siblings, parents or friends with some brownies. You need to cut out E’s on brown paper, surprise! Secondly, you can mix Skittles, M&M’s, and even Reese’s Pieces in one big bowl. Serve it to someone saying it is only one of those. Watch their face in surprise! Lastly, bake some cupcakes, but instead of frosting add some mayonnaise! Have fun!

I hope you learned something interesting here about the history of April Fool’s Day. Do you think we should consider it a holiday? Let us know! It was very interesting, and have some fun pulling those pranks!