The all fool’s day is here, but do you know how it all started?
When and where has the tradition of April Fool’s day popularly believed to have started?
A. In the Year 1572, in Spain.
B. In the year 1582, in France.
C. In the year 1578, in Britain.
D. None of the Above.
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Answer: Option B. In the year 1582, in France.
The origins of April Fools’ Day are uncertain, but one theory is that it began in 1582, when France adopted the Gregorian calendar. Before this time, New Year’s Day fell on March 25 rather than January 1. Those who continued to celebrate the old New Year at the beginning of April were called “fools” by their early adopting contemporaries. Even before this transition, the New Year had long been associated with the term “fool.” In medieval France, the Feast of Fools fell on January 1. At this popular festival hijinks abounded: Christian ritual was burlesquely imitated, a fake pope was elected, and high and low officials swapped jobs for a day. Feast of Fools was likely modeled after the similarly themed pagan festival Saturnalia.