Why are we asking this now?
Because it’s that day again; after another boring 364 days of sober honesty all round, the beloved annual festival of practical jokery is upon us once more. If you’re reading this before midday, it’s your one chance in the year to pull the wool over somebody’s eyes with impunity.
So why are the rules different on 1 April?
The stories surrounding the origin of April Fool’s Day are widely various and it’s hard to be certain about the truth – especially when you consider that people feel they have carte blanche to make things up when it comes to this subject. Still, whether it’s true or not, one popular tale dates the tradition to 1564, when France formally changed its calendar to the modern Gregorian version, and thereby moved the celebration of the New Year from the last week of March to 1 January. In this version of events, those who continued to celebrate the end of New Year’s Week on 1 April were derided as fools – or, as they are known in France, poissons d’Avril.
In Christ, Joseph