When is April Fools Day

April Fools Day falls on 1 April every year.

What is April Fools Day?

April Fools Day (or All Fools Day) is celebrated by many countries with pranks and practical jokes on families and friends.

For some countries the April Fools jokes can only be carried out before midday. Anyone carrying out a joke beyond this time then becomes the fool.

Origins of April Fools Day

The origins of April Fools Day are surrounded by debate. One belief is that it originated from common festivities that were held on the vernal equinox, starting on 25 March and ending on the 2 April.

Another belief is that April Fools Day came about in the 16th Century when the Gregorian Calendar took over from the Julian Calendar. Anyone celebrating New Year on the old date (1 April) were teased and earned the title of being an April Fool.

Though the Julian New Year fell on 25 March, celebrations marking the New Year would have fallen on 1 April to avoid falling within Holy Week.