There are several legends of Fool’s day (Today!)…several of them which are phony and are made for “fooling” others on fool’s day. I found half of a half dozen of them, though I doubt if any one of them is true. 😀
- Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans andHindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on or around April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.) In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the New Year. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year’s Day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on “fool’s errands” or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe, thus creating one among the histories of fool’s day!
- Another explanation of the origins of April Fools’ Day was provided by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University. He explained that the practice began during the reign ofConstantine, when a group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event.
- Another legend says that there was a person named Kurgael Fool. Kurgael was foolish in his work and was a failure in everything. Thus people in his neighbourhood referred his birthday as the Fool’s day
P.S Its possible that all the above three reasons were actually invented by people for fool’s day joke!!! 😀