Fun Facts | The Origin of April Fools' Day

Mar. 27th, 2017 1:16 pm
The tradition continues each and every year. From small household pranks to national newspaper stories fooling the masses, April Fools' Day is a delight (and maybe a scare) for people all over the United States. What many Catholic school students and families may not know however, is that April Fools' Day all started with a Pope!
 
Though it's not a religious holiday per se, did you know that the story of April Fools' Day begins with a Pope? All the way back in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII adopted the "Gregorian calendar" which moved New Year's Day from the end of March to January 1st. 
 

Washington Post | A brief, totally sincere history of April Fools' Day

It wasn't as easy to get the news around all of Europe as sending an email or a making a Facebook post. Though it was published widely, there were a lot of people who, understandably, didn't get the memo. Many people believed April 1st was still the day to celebrate, so they did! Those who chose to celebrate New Year's in April were seen as "foolish," and hence the name, April Fools'!
 
Maybe you've seen someone's tears of joy recede on a fake lottery ticket  video; maybe you've heard of the 1985 Sports Illustrated story of a pitcher who could throw a 168 mph fastball. Surely you can remember some time in your life where you were either the "fool" or the "fooler." The Museum of Hoaxes has a list of the Top 100 April Fools' Hoaxes of All Time that will surely bring you a few laughs. Make sure any pranks or hoaxes you or the kids end up doing are safe and have good intentions, and enjoy your April Fools' Day!
 
Stay Tuned to the WNY Catholic Schools Blog for more fun stories and ideas! For a little more fun, check out this video of what one math teacher did on his April Fools' Day with his students. Not in Buffalo, but hilarious nonetheless!
 
 
 
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Fun Facts | The Origin of April Fools' Day

Mar. 27th, 2017 1:16 pm
The tradition continues each and every year. From small household pranks to national newspaper stories fooling the masses, April Fools' Day is a delight (and maybe a scare) for people all over the United States. What many Catholic school students and families may not know however, is that April Fools' Day all started with a Pope!
 
Though it's not a religious holiday per se, did you know that the story of April Fools' Day begins with a Pope? All the way back in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII adopted the "Gregorian calendar" which moved New Year's Day from the end of March to January 1st. 
 

Washington Post | A brief, totally sincere history of April Fools' Day

It wasn't as easy to get the news around all of Europe as sending an email or a making a Facebook post. Though it was published widely, there were a lot of people who, understandably, didn't get the memo. Many people believed April 1st was still the day to celebrate, so they did! Those who chose to celebrate New Year's in April were seen as "foolish," and hence the name, April Fools'!
 
Maybe you've seen someone's tears of joy recede on a fake lottery ticket  video; maybe you've heard of the 1985 Sports Illustrated story of a pitcher who could throw a 168 mph fastball. Surely you can remember some time in your life where you were either the "fool" or the "fooler." The Museum of Hoaxes has a list of the Top 100 April Fools' Hoaxes of All Time that will surely bring you a few laughs. Make sure any pranks or hoaxes you or the kids end up doing are safe and have good intentions, and enjoy your April Fools' Day!
 
Stay Tuned to the WNY Catholic Schools Blog for more fun stories and ideas! For a little more fun, check out this video of what one math teacher did on his April Fools' Day with his students. Not in Buffalo, but hilarious nonetheless!
 
 
 
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