The history of April Fool’s (or “All Fools”) Day is not completely certain, but is believed to have started in 1582 in France. Charles IX changed the calendar so that the New Year no longer began on April 1, but rather January 1. But news traveled slowly in those days, so many continued to celebrate the new year on April 1. These people were called “fools” by those who knew of the changes, and became the butts of pranks – such as being invited to fake New Year’s parties, and so on. Eventually the prank playing spread to other countries, such as Scotland and England, and in the 18th Century, to America.
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