The Origin of April Fools Day is Entirely Unknown

The Origin of April Fools Day is Entirely Unknown

Addison Kalina, Dear Friend Columnist

Although April Fools Day has been a celebrated holiday for centuries now, historians have no idea where the holiday actually originated from. However, even with all of this suspicion, there are some theories that have circulated over the celebration’s beginnings. Some believe that the holiday comes from an ancient Roman festival called Hilaria. This festival was at the end of March and celebrated the resurrection of the god Attis. Since this festival was in support of resurrection, people who attended would dress up and imitate others using disguises to encourage the idea of rising above trouble.

While this theory is plausible, others believe that April Fools Day stems from the medieval celebration called the festival of fools, where a mock priest would be elected and then religious customs would be parodied.

And lastly, a theory that’s less popular but still believable is that the holiday was inspired by an occurrence in the sixteenth century. During this time, France switched from its Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian calendar made the new year begin on January first instead of in March, which the Julian calendar previously had.

Even with the abundance of theories that surround April Fools Day, historians are still unclear on its factual origin. And they’re unaware that its true origin will ever come to light, even in the future.

UPDATE: My article on the origins of April Fool’s day is actually true. It’s a fact that there are several theories surrounding the origins of April Fools’ Day. While all of these theories are plausible, nobody really knows where the holiday came from! Maybe historians will figure out the holiday’s roots in the future, but for now, it’s a fact that the holiday still remains a mystery.