April Fools Day

On the first day of April, people celebrate April Fools Day by spreading hoaxes or playing practical jokes on each other. Every country has their own way of doing this based on history, culture, and tradition.

In Nordic countries like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, some media outfits publish false stories on the first day of April. Here in The Netherlands, the tradition is often known as April fish or aprilvis in Dutch. Some people try to attach a paper fish to another person’s back without him noticing it. The same practical joke happens in Italy, France, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada. 

April Fools Day has been received both in a positive and negative light. Some people think it encourages shared laughter among friends or that a good laugh is good for your health. Others believe it’s rude, mean, or deceitful. As with anything, a sense of balance and sensitivity should be applied when spreading hoaxes or playing practical jokes. The intention should not be to harm or to hurt other people. It should lighthearted and well-intentioned. 

A celebration like this reminds us not to take life too seriously and to enjoy a good laugh with friends. It is when we can laugh at ourselves that we realize that life isn’t so bad. We get a different perspective and we appreciate our lives and ourselves more. Remember that laughter is the best medicine.  Laugh more, your heart will thank you for it.

Christina from Zilina,
a well-known ballerina,
laughs and laughs and laughs
when signing autographs
just like a laughing hyena.

from Droomwevers Europe ABC

Essay by: Ieth Inolino
April Fool’s logo by: Arend Smit
Redaction: Henry Muldrow