April Fools' Day: Interesting Celebration Around the World
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A lot of nations have adopted the tradition of tricking people on April Fools every year. Although the origin of this silly holiday is unknown, it is the one day of the year when people are free to act foolishly without inhibition. Especially when it comes to fake news headlines that might seem a little too realistic, it can also be taken to dangerous extremes.
There are minor distinctions and variations in the way that April Fools' Day is celebrated around the world, despite the fact that the concept is the same everywhere. For instance, people in France celebrate by drawing fish on their backs (usually a kid-friendly activity), whereas people in the UK only play practical jokes until noon. Children in India also celebrate the unofficial holiday by playing practical jokes on their friends and calling out "April fool!" to the target of the joke.
April Fools’ Day in France
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Le Poisson d'Avril, which translates to "the fish of April" or "April Fish," is the name given to the first day of April in France. They eat fish-shaped chocolate figurines, attach paper fish to one another's backs, and yell "Poisson d'Avril" to mark the occasion. Why? I'm not really sure, but I can tell you that it sounds delicious and enjoyable.
April Fools’ Day in Italy
France's neighbor, Italy, also celebrates April 1st in a similar manner. The day is referred to as Pesce d'Aprile in Italian, which also means April Fish. They also play the same practical jokes, taping fish-shaped pieces of paper to people's backs and savoring fish-shaped chocolates. Some of the American April Fools' Day tricks have also been adopted by the Italians.
April Fools’ Day in Poland
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Prima Aprilis, uwaaj, bo si pomylisz! is a saying that is frequently used in Poland on April 1. "April Fools' Day, be careful — you can be wrong," is what this means in English. If you don't want to fall into a con artist's trap on this day, be wary of any appointment changes or news reports, according to Insider.
April Fools’ Day in Brazil
Brazil refers to this day as the "day of the lie," or dia da mentira. On April Fools' Day, just like in many other nations, news organizations will publish absurd headlines with unfounded assertions, and many people will tell white lies to one another in an effort to trick or prank their friends.
April Fools’ Day in Russia
When it comes to April Fools' Day, Russians are more interested in genuine comedy than in silly practical jokes. Many comedians plan their performances for that day so that everyone has the opportunity to witness something "really funny" and to ensure that the people of Russia are guaranteed a few good laughs.
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April Fools’ Day in Scotland
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Scotland celebrates April Fools' Day for two days because people there enjoy pulling practical jokes on each other. Hunt the Gowk Day is celebrated on April 1. The word "gowk" means "cuckoo." A person is sent to deliver a sealed envelope as part of the joke. Although the message appears to be asking for assistance, it actually instructs the recipient to pass the envelope on to the next person. Taily Day is the following day. There are several human posterior jokes throughout the day. It might have been the beginning of the "Kick Me" sign.
April Fools’ Day in Greece
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A good prank is said to turn someone's bad luck into your good luck in Greece, according to legend, which gives you even more incentive to pull one off or skip the holiday altogether. And like America, Greece enjoys a good hoax news story. A radio station in Greece announced a pollution emergency in 1982 and requested an evacuation. The entire hoax was exposed when people actually began to flee.
April Fools’ Day in India
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The younger generations in India participate in this Western-influenced custom, but everyone appreciates the playful nature of April 1st. Children enjoy pulling practical jokes like making fictitious phone calls to friends and yelling "April fool!" after tricking someone.
April Fools’ Day in Iran
Iranians celebrate April Fools' Day in their own unique way. Around April 1 or 2, people in Persia celebrate Sizdah Bedar, or the 13th day of the New Year. There are many legends about Iranians (previously known as Persians) making jokes on this day as far back as 536 BC. Iranians spend the afternoon outside because it is the New Year.
They eat together, play games, crack jokes, and laugh a lot. They discard sabzeh, or green vegetables, after their enjoyable day spent outside their homes. The custom is said to protect against illness or bad luck for the entire year.
April Fools’ Day in England
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Although April Fools' Day is also observed in England, there, jokes should only be told before noon. They strictly adhere to this rule, and it is unacceptable if the joke is revealed too late in the day, according to Day Translations.
April Fools’ Day in Ireland
There are several ways to celebrate April Fools' Day in Ireland. On this day, as in the U.K., jokes and practical jokes are supposed to stop at noon; anyone still making jokes in the late afternoon will be seen as a fool. On April 1, media outlets might run hoaxes, and some drivers might drive on the right side of the road, which is terrifying because they should be driving on the left!
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