Hope Wissel

April Fools Day

Happy April Fools’ Day!!! Not officially recognized as a holiday, I am sure there will be a lot of people pulling practical jokes on friends, family and colleagues so be on the look out.

Believe it or not, there are some cultures who see this as the first day of spring, celebrating with general merriment and feasting. Or maybe you are a fan of The Feast of Fools which was a term given to many medieval festivals celebrated during the fifth-sixteenth centuries in Europe. These celebrations developed a tradition of practical jokes, especially when observed in Spain.

Here in the US, many will typically shout, “April Fools!” after pulling off a prank. If you are in Europe, you would yell “April Fish,”. Why you may ask? Well, observers of this holiday typically will tack a paper fish to another’s back and then yell! However, the individual being pranked is still referred to as the “Fool.” I LOVE this…Traditional pranking often stops at midday in the United Kingdom, and if one pranks after this time, they themselves become the fool.

So, how many of you will be pulling pranks today? What is the BEST prank you ever pulled or were the recipient of? Share it with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


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