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Date Published 01 April 2017

So April Fool's Day is over for another year – we hope that you have had fun this morning!

The history of April Fool's Day is actually very interesting.

There are a few stories throughout time of how the day originated but there is strong evidence that it is all down to Pope Gregory XIII, who adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1582. This change meant that the start of the new year was moved from March to January 1st.

This change was published far and wide but some people were not made aware and they still celebrated the new year on April 1st. These people were ridiculed and seen as foolish which is where the name April Fool's Day originates.

In France, the people would stick paper fish on the 'fool's' backs and were called Poisson D'Avril. This term is still used in France today