April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day, is not a real holiday but an important day celebrated in France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand,and the United States on April 1st.
It's also celebrated in Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Russia (“Dyen' Doeraka,” literally, “dunce’s day”) and even in Japan.
But is it celebrated in Spain ? Go and ask Mme Sanzey, our teacher of Spanish.
Is it celebrated in Germany ? Ask Mme Colombo, our teacher of German.
The day is marked by hoaxes and practical jokes on friends, family members and pupils (and teachers !). You can send them on fool's errands too.
In some countries, the jokes only last until 12 o'clock: someone who plays a trick after 12 is called an "April Fool".
In Ireland, France, and the USA, the jokes last all day.
Where did April Fool's Day originate ?
No one really knows, but it may have started in France in 1582. Before that year, the New Year was celebrated on April 1st.
Then, in 1582, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar for the Christian world, and the new year fell on January 1st. News spread slowly in those days because there was no television and no radio.
Some people didn't hear of the change, some chose to ignore it and others simply forgot. So they continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st and were considered fools.
In Scotland, April Fools' Day lasts 48 hours. Day 1 is called “Gowk” or “Cuckoo Day whereas Day 2 is known as Taily Day and pranks involving the posterior are played.
This is a short lesson about April Fool's day. You will learn new expressions related to joking.
What are the 4 expressions that you've just heard and which mean "I'm not serious". ?