April Fools’ Day 2024: List of traditions from nine countries followed on this day

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New Delhi: People follow different traditions worldwide for every special day. Today is April Fools’ Day, so let us look at the traditions followed worldwide. We know today is the day to share jokes, pull pranks, and laugh out loud, but do you know you are terrorised by a fish in France? For centuries, April Fools’ Day has been celebrated on April 1, and many stories are associated with the day. Let us read on to learn more about the traditions.

Traditions across the world


France has a long tradition of sticking paper fish on other people’s backs, like an elevated “kick me” sign. This harmless mischief is accompanied by the phrase “Poisson d’Avril”, meaning “April Fish.” Fish are considered a lucky symbol in many areas of the world and are also important in many New Year’s traditions.

Latin America

During a late December Catholic feast, much of Latin America celebrates “El Dia de los Inocentes,” meaning the “Day of the Innocents”, with highly un-silly origins that somehow became a day of jokes and pranks. But in Brazil, April 1 is still considered a prank day, but it is a matter of choice.


In Spain, April Fools’ Day is celebrated in December as “El Dia de los Inocentes”. Interestingly, what happens here is a town-wide food fight complete with military strategy and historical lore. According to reports, the tradition is more than 200 years old. It involves a mock military-style “takeover” of the town, and the new rulers get to make up strange laws that others have to abide by.


In Iran, the oldest April Fools’ tradition is the observance of Sizdah Bedar, which also includes prank playing. It is celebrated on the 13th day of the Persian New Year, April 1 or 2. The tradition is said to have been celebrated as far back as the 5th century BC. This day is also considered a spring festival.


In Scotland, the festivities continue over two days. First, there is Hunt the Gowk Day, which is not as ominous as it sounds. “Gowk” is a type of bird and slang for “fool.” If you are not gowked, another day is Tailie Day, which is mainly harmless pranks. It involves pinning a tail on someone or sticking a sign on their back.


April 1 is the same in Poland as in any other pro-April Fools’ place. However, the research did turn up a fantastic parting phrase for prankers, like April Fools’ Day: be careful—you can be wrong.


Before April Fools’ Day in Russia, Slavic people celebrated the warm weather by scaring away winter with costumes and disguises. The day is hugely popular, and jokes are taken very seriously. Several concerts and comedy shows are held for the day to ensure that everyone gets a laugh.


Jokes and pranks are only allowed until noon in England. It is not entirely clear how the rule came into force, but if you tell jokes in the afternoon, you will be considered a fool, and if you are fooled successfully before noon, you will be considered a “noodle”.


Imagine getting someone’s misfortune as good luck. Well, in Greece, it is inevitable. If you can trick someone in the country, then their misfortune is your good luck. And on this day, if it rains, one must grab a bucket as water is said to have healing powers.

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