Pesce d’Aprile: Celebrating April Fools’ Day in Italy


Pesce d'Aprile: April Fool's Day in Italy

It is has arrived! Pesce d’Aprile, April Fools’ … All Fools Day.

Are you ready?

I know I am. I never was a great jokester so I won’t bore you with my easily recognizable April Fools’ Day pranks, but I am also not the type to pass up a good party-and a day dedicated to laughs, jokes and pranks? Oh yea … that is a party.

But like all somewhat-inquisitive minds in the blogosphere, I got curious and started thinking … what’s the deal with April 1? How, with 365 days to choose from, did April 1 become the sucker?

According to InfoPlease.Com, the Romans celebrated New Year’s Day around April 1 which closely followed the spring equinox on March 20 or 21. In 1582, the Gregorian Calendar-that celebrated New Year’s Day on January 1-was introduced. Many people either didn’t know about the date change or refused to accept it and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Other people made fun of these old-fashioned fools who couldn’t adapt to change, thus creating the practice that eventually spread throughout Europe.

Ok, then … I’ll blame the Romans.

For a little Italian-themed April Fool’s Day fun, here are three crazy headlines we’ve seen in Italy lately … which ones are true and which one is the April Fool?

Italian Court Rules Smoking Marijuina is justified for Shepherd … because he only has sheep to keep him company.

Italian teachers must show unruly students a “yellow card” before they can be failed for their bad behavior.


Transsexual Mafia Mobster Named Kitty is Arrested in Naples

Can you guess the April Fools’ Headline? No peeking! Leave your guess in the comments.

Happy Pesce d’Aprile!

* Special thanks to Jessica at Why Go Italy for her Sunday News roundups that helped compile this list.

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