Monday, 1 April 2013


It's April Fools' Day in my country (Nigeria) today. April Fools' Day is celebrated in many countries around the world on the 1st of April, every year. Sometimes it is referred to as All Fools' Day. April 1 is not a national holiday but it is widely recognised and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other.

I personally don't know the origin of April fools' day or why it was created but I think its a nice celebration. To be able to play pranks on an unsuspecting person and get away with it! WOW!!

It dates back to the late 14th century {In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392)}. In ItalyFrance and Belgium, children and adults traditionally tack paper fishes on each other's back as a trick and shout "April fish!" in local languages. Such fish feature prominently on many French late 19th to early 20th century April Fools' Day postcards.

I remember as a child, my brother ran to me and told me that the water heater in the bathroom was on fire. I immediately took off running to the site, what plans i had for putting out the fire from the "burning heater", I don't know. Anyway so I got to the site and lo! and behold there was no fire. At this point I still hadn't realised I have been played the fool until he walked up to me and yelled "APRIL FOOL!!!" and everyone burst out laughing. Initially of course I was angry but realised it was part of the game. I promptly went out looking for who to prank.

So today, while you have every excuse to play a prank/joke on someone, don't make it an expensive one, don't put someone else' life in danger.

Feel free to drop comments sharing your April fools' experiences.

Have a fun-filled day

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