- New Year originally started on April 1st.
- King Charles IX said no and changed the date to the first of January with the Edict of Roussillon.
- However, people were mad and decided to ignore the Edict and continue to celebrate on April 1st while mocking those who celebrated on January 1st.
WHY A FISH?
- Lent! When April 1st was the start of the new year, people couldn’t eat meat because of Lent. So they gave out fish!
- When the tradition changed, people gave out fake fish on April 1st to those who celebrated January 1st to make fun of them!
HOW DO OTHER COUNTRIES CELEBRATE?
- United Kingdom:
- Joking stops at midday.
- Those who continue to make jokes are considered the fool
- Scotland and Ireland:
- Huntigowk Day
- Deliver a sealed message
- Continue to have the messenger deliver the sealed message
- Because the message just says, “Send the fool further.”
- Poland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden:
- Media hoaxes are made
- First page is typically the news hoax
- Not too serious and only 1 story but never know which story is fake
- Italy, France, Belgium, and French Speaking Areas:
- April Fish
- Stick on someone’s back
VOCABULARY FOR THE DAY
- Une farce: a practical joke
- Une blague: a joke (physical or verbal)
- Une histoire drôle: verbal funny story
- Un jeu de mot: a pun
- Rire: to laugh
- Rigoler: to laugh
- Je suis mort(e) de rire: I died from laughing
- Je suis pété(e) de rire: I’m broken in two from laughing.
UNE CHOSE INTERESSANTE
- April Fool’s day is not a national holiday!!
- Rather, it is merely widely celebrated in many countries.