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All About the Holidays: April Fools' Day

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(male narrator) On April 1, April Fools' Day, friends and neighbors play jokes on each other. Sometimes teachers pull pranks on their students. How did April 1 become a day of trickery and foolishness? Around the world, renewal festivals near the start of spring include jokes and pranks. Americans and Europeans trick friends into being April fools. Hindus celebrate Holi and throw colored powder at each other. Persians participate in Dorugh-e Sizdah, or "The Lie of the 13th," pranking friends on the 13th day of the Persian New Year, which frequently lands near April 1. Ancient Romans marked the start of spring near April 1 with pranks and masquerades during the Hilaria Festival. That's a lot of worldwide silliness. Have you ever fooled someone on April Fools' Day?

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How did April 1 become a holiday of jokes and pranks? Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.

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