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April Fool's Day, also known as All Fools' Day, is an annual observance celebrated by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are called 'April fools'. People partaking in the holiday will often expose their prank by shouting, "April Fool’s!" at the recipient. Though observed worldwide, its roots are believed to be closely linked to European culture and traditions.
April Fool's Day is unclear in origin but it is mostly considered to have begun in the late 16th century. It is surmised that it started when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, causing New Year's Day to change from April 1 to January 1. Those who continued to celebrate on April 1 were labeled as 'fools'. In the European Union (EU), this tradition has grown over centuries with each member state adding a unique touch to the observance, making it a rich part of the European cultural heritage.
In the EU, April Fool's Day is celebrated in various ways in different countries. The French are well known for 'April Fish', where they attach a paper fish to someone's back without them realizing. In the United Kingdom, media outlets partake by broadcasting fictional news pieces. This playful day of creating light-hearted hoaxes and good-natured pranks takes place annually on April 1. However, it is essential to note that pranks are usually limited to the morning hours in some countries like the UK and Poland. Those who play a prank after midday are themselves considered the ‘April Fool’.
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