Many are fooled and made to believe ridiculous lies every year on April 1st, Fools Day. If you are curious about the origin of this day, it’s helpful to know that it is uncertain.
But, more probable sources relate Fools Day to the adoption of the standard ‘Gregorian’ calendar.
According to the calendar changes
Societies of ancient civilizations like Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on or around April 1.
In 1582, Rome’s Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian calendar) to replace the old Julian calendar. The new calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated January 1, which was effected over many years.
Many traditionalists continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1 because of, either refusing to accept the new date or taking long to learn about it.
Other people found fun in trying to trick their fellows into believing that the April 1 celebration was still ideal.
Eventually, the practice of making fools of people and sending errands on the day spread throughout Europe and the world.
However, some sources shun away this explanation, because the Gregorian calendar was not adopted by several countries including England until 1752. April Fools’ Day was already an established custom, by then.
The second explanation
Another likely explanation of the origin of Fools’ day was provided by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University in USA.
He explained that the practice began in the error of the ancient Emperor Constantine, when a group of court jesters and comic fools told the Roman emperor that they could run the empire better.
Constantine amused, allowed one jester Kugel to rule as king for one day. Kugel immediately passed a verdict, calling for absurdity on that day. The custom became an annual event and was even adopted later.
Over the years, many explanations have been put across to explain the origin of April Fools’ Day. All of them have barely had any historical evidence to defend them, which renders this origin more of a myth than the reality needed.