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Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools’ Day! 

Hello there! Today is April, 1. So, it is the April Fools’ Day! April Fools' Day is celebrated all around the world on the April 1 of every year. It is sometimes also referred to as All Fools' Day. April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day where everyone plays all kinds of jokes and foolishness. The day is marked by the commission of good humored or funny jokes, hoaxes, and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, work associates, etc.

Traditionally, in some countries such as New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, Australia, and South Africa, the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool". Elsewhere, such as in France, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S., the jokes last all day. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392). Many writers suggest that the restoration of the January 1 as New Year's Day in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, but this theory does not explain earlier references.

Sometimes I think jokes can help to reduce our stress or tension, and also make people happy. However, if the joke was too over, it may “harm” to people. Eg. Many records show that the Emergency Units of the Police or Firemen of the countries would receive many prank calls on this date, as the people just play a fool around. I think this is so “childish” for those people who make such calls.

Thus, I would like to advice people that make sure you do not be too over for the practical jokes to others, otherwise it would lead to bad outcome. Anyway, I would like to wish all the people out there Happy April Fools’ Day!!! J

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