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April Fools’ Day, also known as April Fool’s Day or All Fools’ Day, is celebrated each year on the first day of April. It has been popular since the 19th century and is well known in Europe, Australia, Canada, Brazil and the United States – although it is not a national holiday in any country. It is celebrated as the day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. Below are some interesting facts about April Fools’ Day or download the comprehensive worksheet pack which can be utilised within the classroom or home environment.
- No one knows exactly where, when or why April Fool’s Day began.
- The most popular theory about the origin of April Fool’s Day involves the French calendar reform of the sixteenth century. In 1564 France reformed its calendar, moving the start of the year from the end of March to January 1. The people who failed to keep up with the change, who stubbornly clung to the old calendar system and continued to celebrate the New Year during the week that fell between March 25th and April 1st, had jokes played on them.
- Pranksters would secretly stick paper fish to their backs. The victims of this prank were called Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish—which, to this day, remains the French term for April Fools.
- April Fool’s Day fall on the first day of April.
- April Fool’s Day was first known as “All Fool’s Day.”
- The earliest recorded association between April 1, pranks and foolishness can be found in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales which was written in 1392.
- April Fool’s Day is a day when people play pranks on one another.
- In the United States, the pranks last all day, but in other countries they only take place until noon.
- A Joker, Court Jester, or Jokester have become the images associated with April Fool’s Day.
- Some people spend a lot of money and time planning elaborate jokes.
- April Fool’s Day is not an official holiday.
April Fools’ Day Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use April Fools’ Day Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about April Fools’ Day, also known as April Fool’s Day or All Fools’ Day which is celebrated each year on the first day of April. It has been popular since the 19th century and is well known in Europe, Australia, Canada, Brazil and the United States – although it is not a national holiday in any country.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- April Fools’ Day Facts
- Find Me!
- Map It Out
- Fact or Bluff
- Guess the Word
- Poet’s Corner
- Jester’s Joke
- April Fool’s Origin
- My April Fool’s Day Story
- Through The Years…
- April Fool’s Day All Over The World
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