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French Fun fact:

Did you know April fool’s day originated in France?

At least that is the most common theory about the earliest April fool’s celebration.

It began in 1582, when France adopted the Gregorian calendar. Before this time, New Year’s Day fell on March 25 rather than January 1. Those who continued to celebrate the old New Year at the beginning of April were called “fools” by their early adoption contemporaries.

April fools were those who still celebrated the holiday in the spring, and were the subject of pranks and ridicule by those who observed the New Year months ago.

In France, the fooled party is called the “poisson d’avril” which literally means “April fish”. The customary prank involves pinning a paper fish, also called the “poisson d’avril” to a friend’s back.