April Fools’ Day, also called All Fools’ Day, in most countries the first day of April. The day is observed by trying to play a practical joke on a victim who becomes known as an April Fool. The practical jokes range from simple to elaborate. Whatever the trick, the prankster usually ends it by yelling to his victim, "April Fool!"
Although the day has been observed for centuries, its true origins are unknown and effectively unknowable. It resembles festivals such as the Hilaria of ancient Rome, held on March 25, and the Holi celebration in India, which ends on March 31.
Some propose that the modern custom originated in France, officially with the Edict of Roussillon (promulgated in August 1564), in which Charles IX decreed that the new year would no longer begin on Easter, as had been common throughout Christendom, but rather on January 1. Because Easter was a lunar and therefore moveable date, those who clung to the old ways were the “April Fools.” Others have suggested that the timing of the day may be related to the vernal equinox (March 21), a time when people are fooled by sudden changes in the weather.
In Scotland, April Fool's Day is celebrated over two days. Called Taily Day, The second day is devoted to pranks, the "kick me" sign can be traced back to Taily Day.
In Germany, April 1 is considered an unlucky day. The Germans believe that born on this day will be unlucky. They do not work in the villages on April 1, do not start new business, do not let livestock out of the stalls. Adults and children deceive each other, sending them to fulfill impossible orders.
In Portugal, April Fools' Day falls on Sunday and Monday before Lent. On this day, people throw flour at each other.
This holiday came to Ukraine from Germany, probably at the beginning of the XVIII century. He was also called a “false day,” or Mary the Liar - one of the popular nicknames of Mary of Egypt - a saint, whose day of honor in the old style coincides with April 1.
On April Fool's Day, jokes and famous search engines were organized. So, in 2013, the Google search engine pranked users with the presentation of an interesting Google Nose application, supposedly transferring smells to the user's personal computer. YouTube even posted an advertising video of the new service.
According to an internal email obtained by Business Insider, Google will “take the year off from that tradition out of respect for all those fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.