What is April Fools’ Day?
April Fools’ Day (alias All Fools’ Day) is an annual and traditional celebration in some European countries and Western cultures. Playing practical jokes and pranks became a tradition of April Fools’ Day. The victims who fall for these pranks and jokes are called April Fools. It is celebrated on 1st of April. In this day, besides the people’s pranks and jokes, newspaper may publish fake news, media may show fake media and these trickeries are usually explained with a note or warning in the end of the paper with small type size. Some media organizations do the explanation next day. Even though it is a really popular tradition, it is not a public and official holiday or celebration in any country in the world.
The origin of the day is based on 1564. In 1564, IX Charles, king of France, switched the first day of year into 1st of January. Beforehand, people accepted 25th of March as the beginning of the year. Because of the limited conditions of communication, a lot of people could not be informed about this decision. Some people who heard the decision continued their old custom for protesting the new change and they arranged parties on 1st of April. The other people who accept the change, called the protesters “April Fools”. As time passes by, 1st of April started being mentioned as April Fools’ Day. Even if 1st of January was accepted from the whole world as the beginning of the year, French people continued the tradition of April Fools’ Day as a part of their culture. Over the years, whole world started to celebrate April Fools’ Day.
When is April Fools’ Day?
April Fools’ Day in 2018 has already passed. The next April Fools’ Day is on Monday, April 1, 2019.
Dates for April Fools Day to 2027
- April Fools Day 2019 - April 1, 2019 - Monday
- April Fools Day 2020 - April 1, 2020 - Wednesday
- April Fools Day 2021 - April 1, 2021 - Thursday
- April Fools Day 2022 - April 1, 2022 - Friday
- April Fools Day 2023 - April 1, 2023 - Saturday
- April Fools Day 2024 - April 1, 2024 - Monday
- April Fools Day 2025 - April 1, 2025 - Tuesday
- April Fools Day 2026 - April 1, 2026 - Wednesday
- April Fools Day 2026 - April 1, 2027 - Saturday