The Forge

The Student News Site of Greer Middle College Charter High School

The Forge

The Forge

The History of April Fools

Shahnewaj Mahmood

The exact origins and history of April Fools’ Day are not known but many historians have ideas of where it may have started.

The most popular belief is that April Fools is linked to the Ancient Roman festival of “Hilaria”. Towards the end of March, people would gather together and celebrate the resurrection of the god Attis. To celebrate, people would dress up and imitate others.

Another idea is that April Fools started with the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, or the Vernal Equinox, when Mother Nature fooled people with unpredictable and fast-changing weather.

The holiday spread throughout Britain in the 18th century and became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk”, followed by Tailie Day.

Story continues below advertisement

Even though we aren’t exactly sure how April Fools’ Day started, it is still a fun and harmless holiday to celebrate!

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Forge

Your donation will support the student journalists of Greer Middle College Charter High School. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Harper Tonnesen
Harper Tonnesen, Reporter
My name is Harper Tonnesen, and this is my second year on newspaper. In my free time, I enjoy reading, shopping, and I am also a cheerleader at Greer High School, which takes up most of my time outside of school. This year I am most excited to learn more about writing as well as get to know the new staff who joined this year. I am looking forward to a fun and productive year!
Donate to The Forge

Comments (0)

All The Forge Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *