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"Day of Lies": How this 'tradition' was born from 1 mix-up

Shkruar nga Anabel

1 Prill 2024

"Day of Lies": How this 'tradition' was born from 1 mix-up

In Albania we know it as "Lies Day", but around the world it is known as "Fools' Day".

Although the origin and exact date still remain unknown to people, it is believed that this date has been celebrated in Great Britain since at least the 19th century. Back then, tricks and lies were mostly done by children, but many things have changed these days.

"Day of Lies": How this 'tradition' was born from 1 mix-up

Regarding the origin, there are different theories. It is thought that the tradition of this day started in France, when in 1564, the calendar was changed from Julian to Gregorian, thus making the "old" January 1st become April 1st. However, as it is said, there were still people who celebrated the New Year with the old calendar, that is, on April 1st, thinking it was still January 1st. These were called "fools" and April 1 became their day.

This date was then turned into a fun tradition by the British, who in the 1800s started making fun of each other on April 1st. These jokes were taken so seriously that they began to be practiced even by prestigious institutions, such as the BBC, which in 1957 published an article stating that "the macaroni crop in Switzerland was setting records, while the noodles were blooming in the trees. "

Whereas now, the roots are simply limited to the "white" (or not so) lies we tell each other every April 1st.

"Day of Lies": How this 'tradition' was born from 1 mix-up

How is it celebrated around the world?

In France, Belgium, Italy and the French-speaking areas of Switzerland, children have a tradition of placing a paper in the shape of a fish on each other's back.

In Scotland, April 1 lasts 2 days. On the second day people are often suddenly hit from behind.

In Canada and England, April 1st lies are allowed to be told until noon. Then the game is over.

In Ireland, tradition dictates sending someone on a "fool's errand". The victim is sent to deliver a letter, supposedly asking for help. When the person receives the letter, they open it, read it, and tell the messenger that they will have to take the letter to another person. This goes on until someone takes pity and tells him what the card says: "Send the fool to someone else."

Germans play a joke called "Aprilscherz", which is about telling a story, which is completely designed to fool others.

In Greece, playing a prank on someone on this day is said to bring the prankster good luck for the whole year.

Whereas in our country, the Day of Lies lasts 24 hours, and of course we try to make the scenario of tricks and deceptions as reliable and serious as possible for the "cheated".

"Day of Lies": How this 'tradition' was born from 1 mix-up

Is April Fools' Day a holiday?!

Of course it is, it's an official holiday. Did you believe it?! Ha-ha! (Just this round Easter shot on Sunday, so).