Others believe that the origins of April Fools’ Day began with the adoption of a new calendar in 1582. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered the use of a new calendar, known as the Gregorian calendar. This calendar celebrated New Year’s Day on January 1, which was actually a new idea. Many ancient cultures celebrated New Year’s Day around April 1, and according to legend, many people refused to recognize the new calendar or simply were unaware of its existence. These people continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1, and eventually other people began to make fun of these “fools” by sending them to look for things that did not exist – also known as a “fool’s errand” – or by tricking them into believing something that was totally false.
Although history can’t really pinpoint how or when April Fools’ Day began for certain, people the world over celebrate it year in and year out by playing pranks on each other. Some go all out with intricate plots and plans, but I find the simple classics to be the most fun.