In 1563 King Charles IX (AKA “The King Charles 9“) decreed January 1 to be the first day of the year. Eighteen years later, in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the new Gregorian Calendar, and New Year’s Day was moved to January 1. Upon moving the official New Year’s Day from April 1 to January 1, there were some people who hadn’t heard or didn’t believe the change in the date, so they continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April first. These people were called them “April fools” and often had tricks played on them. They were subject to ridicule, and were often sent on “fools errands” or were made the butt of other practical jokes.
I apologize for all the pain I’ve caused.
@hiddeninthesand don't do this to me
— @Bizor (@Bizor) April 1, 2014
@hiddeninthesand oh that's mean 🙁
— jord (@jorDoutofmymind) April 1, 2014
But you guys might have some anger issues to work on!
@hiddeninthesand if this is an April Fools joke I will FIND YOU AND CUT YOU
— Tracy Agnew (@teerace88) April 1, 2014
But at least y’all are starting to catch on. 🙂
@hiddeninthesand NO. NO. YOU GOT ME LAST YEAR, MR. LOLLAPALOOZA.
— Evan Rasmussen (@Evan_Raz) April 1, 2014
Well, SOME of you, anyway. 🙂
‘Til next year!!!