origin of april fools day

What Is The Origin Of April Fools Day?

There are different stories behind how April Fool’s Day originated, but one of the main stories go back to 1582. The year 1582 was the year that Pope Gregory Xlll changed the calendar and named it after himself (this is the calendar we use in present day called the Gregorian Calendar).
In the previous calendar, the new year started at the end of March, but the Pope changed the new year to January 1st. This was highly publicized so that people knew, however, some did not get the message and continued to celebrate the new year on April 1st.
These people were mocked and made fun of and called “fools” because they did not know the calendar had changed. Some have tried to tie this day to Christianity, but this is the most sensible origin.



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