On April 1, 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other. Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery.
Some historians believe that April Fools Day originates from the Roman festival known as Hilaria (that’s Latin for joyful), observed in ancient Rome at the end of March. It is said that followers of the cult of Cybele celebrated this holiday by disguising themselves with masks and ridiculing other citizens.
April Fools’ Day is celebrated every year on April 1. Playing practical jokes and hoaxes are common on this day. One can play a joke or trick someone and yell “April Fools” to have fun and enjoy the fun spirit of the day. The recipient of receiver of the joke is considered the “April Fool”
Today, pranking on April Fools’ Day has transcended the confinements of the first day of April to become a year-round internet phenomenon. Thousands of videos on the most popular internet sites emerge everyday, pushing the pranking limit to sometimes dangerous territories. We do NOT condone this and below we’ll illustrate how to allow this holiday to remain true to what it was meant to be – safe, and well, hilarious!