There have been quite a few attempts to provide mythological explanations for the rise of April Fool’s Day.
One story dates back to Roman mythology, particularly the myth of Ceres and Proserpina. In Roman mythology Pluto, the God of the dead, abducted Proserpina called out to her mother Ceres for help. But Ceres, who could only hear the echo of her daughter’s voice, searched in vain for Proserpina. The fruitless search of Ceres for her daughter was commemorated during the Roman festival of Cerealia and believed by some to have been the mythological antecedent of the fool’s errands popular on April 1st.
The long awaited April was approaching, and a plot was hatched secretly. The wife planned to make a fool of his husband, leaving a note on the table, saying : “ I have had enough days with you, I must leave you!” Then she hid herself under the bed, keeping an eye on what was happening the next minute. The husband jumped with joy at the note. He was noticed making a call: “Honey, good news for both of us! my silly wife has left! ” he added, “it was foolish of me to marry such a stupid girl! Stand where you are, I will throw myself to you. ” She heard the door slammed behind him.
The unexpected sight flooded the wife in sadness. Having dragged herself from under the bed, she began to pack up, deciding to break away from the husband. In a flash, a note on the table came into her sight, reading:”I have to say you are an idiot! I noticed your foot exposed outside. Kiss you, my baby! ”
Last March, my mother told my father and me that my grandfather would come in April. We were very happy because my grandfather was an interesting old man and he had not visited us since he went to Hong Kong.
On April 1 my father and I bought a lot of food from the supermarket and bought a big bunch of flowers home. Then we did some cleaning at home. At night when we were waiting for my grandfather, the bell rang and in came my mother. She smiled to us and said "April fools"!
It's OK To Be Paranoid on April Fools' Day .
"On April First it's OK to be suspicious about believing anything, too good to be true!" According to a psychologist who has researched past April Fools' Pranks.
“Most of us have fun playing harmless April Fools' tricks on each other but some folks inflict cruel and unusual punishment on their friends when their prank gets out of control." says Robert R. Butterworth, Ph.D., who has developed a list of questions that should be asked before planning an April Fools' prank:
Could the prank cause undue anxiety when uncovered? . Could it be misinterpreted by others as a serious event? . Does it involve deceiving more than a few people? . Is an element of fear or risk involved? . If you were on the receiving end of the prank, would you be upset?
To end our special news bulletin, said the voice of the television announcer, we're going over to the macaroni fields of Calabria. Macaroni has been grown in this area for over six hundred years. Two of the leading growers, Giuseppe Moldova and Riccardo Brabante, tell me that they have been expecting a splendid crop this year and harvesting has begun earlier than usual. Here you can see two workers who, between them, have just finished cutting three cartloads of golden brown macaroni stalks. The whole village has been working day and night gathering and threshing this year's crop before the September rains. On the right, you can see Mrs. Brabante herself. She has been helping her husband for thirty years now. Mrs. Brabante is talking to the manager of the local factory where the crop is processed. This last scene shows you what will happen at the end of the harvest: the famous Calabrian macaroni-eating competition! Signor Fratelli, the present champion, has won it every year since 1991. And that ends our special bulletin for today, Thursday, April lst. We're now going back to the studio.