Many people like to joke, laugh or play someone, but one day a year they are absolutely concerned. There are several versions of why this is April 1, TV EUROPE reported.

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Some attributed the birth of the feast of ancient Rome, where they celebrated Festus Fatuorum in mid-February (not in early April). There is another version that we owe this feast to the Neapolitan King Monterey, who gave them the occasion to stop an earthquake. In a year, the ruler demanded exactly the same fish. They did not find such, and the chef prepared another one that looked very similar to the previous one. And though the king knew the substitution, he did not get angry, he was even cheerful. Since then, jokes and lies have become commonplace on April 1.

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A day of joke / lie is also celebrated in other countries around the world, though not always on April 1. In different countries Day of Laughter brings its national color. In France, this custom is called “April Fish”. Its origins are associated with the time of Carl IX, who in 1564 issued a royal decree prescribing the beginning of the year from 1 January to 1 April. The following year, many of the King’s subjects sent their friends Christmas greetings and gifts in April – in protest or staying true to tradition. The sun was then in the constellation Pisces and the French thought that the name “April Fish” was perfectly worthy of such jokes. Tradition is still alive.
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On December 28, Spain celebrates “The Day of Innocents” (Dia de los Santos Inocentes). On the same date, Spain celebrates “The Day of the Joke”. It is customary on this day to make jokes of any kind. Be careful not to drink a salty coffee because it is a tradition in Spain. In Mexico, this date has also turned into a real fiesta. Remember that on this date, nothing is borrowed in Mexico – money, jewelery, books. In Peru, you can see dozens of people walking in the streets with paper inscriptions on the back, which instantly turn a person into a mockery. On this day, the media traditionally publishes untrue information that readers need to find. The next day, newspapers and televisions reveal what news was true and which lie.

 

In other non-Spanish speaking countries, this day is called “Lying Day” and is celebrated on April 1. In New Zealand, the UK, Australia and South Africa jokes are made only until noon. Anyone who jokes at another time of the day gets the nickname “April Fool”.


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