April Fool has a long history

Emma Braunstein – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The dreaded (for some) annual holiday has arrived yet again…April Fool’s Day.

Falling on April 1, the holiday can be one of the worst and most stressful days of the year.

April Fools has always been on the first day of April, although the origin is not known. Some trace it back to 15th century France, when the country switched from the Julian calendar to the Georgian calendar.

The new calendar moved the start of the year from April 1 to January 1. Those who did not hear the news or were too slow to recognize the change were ridiculed and laughed at. 

Another theory is that it emerged in 18th century England where there was a two-day celebration in which people were sent on “fool errands” and became the butt of jokes until the following year.

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Whatever its origins are, it has grown to be a day full of pranks and gags.

At LRHS, some Mustangs love April fool’s while others do not.

Senior Arianna Agront said, “I don’t mind April Fools, but I do agree that some people take advantage and commit borderline crimes and excusing it as a joke. Other than that, it’s an alright holiday.”

Senior Steven Brown added, “Honestly, I think it’s a dumb and pointless holiday. Some of the pranks are kind of funny but most are silly.”

Some people have taken it too far and faked breakups, marriage proposals, and pregnancies, all under the premise that it is just a joke.   

Overall, people have varying opinions on April’s fool’s day but it’s safe to say the day will be full of pranks and mischief every year.