- On March 27, 2017
Pranksters and jokesters (you know who you are) are going to have to focus their wit and antics on their family and friends instead of co-workers at the office this year and next. April Fools Day falls on a Saturday in 2017 and a Sunday on 2018.
Born in France, April Fools Day is celebrated throughout the Western world. There are several theories about the origin of the holiday but the prevailing theory stems from the change from Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar.
In the sixteenth-century France everyone abided by the Julian Calendar where New Years Eve was on April 1. In 1562 Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar that changed the New Year to January 1.
Some people did not realize the change or even didn’t believe in it and continued to celebrate New Years on April 1. People played jokes on them sending them on “fools errands” and trick them into believing something false.
If you get an odd email or phone call this Saturday from a co-worker or peer, proceed with caution. They may be a dedicated practical joker willing to work on weekends.
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