The Origin of April Fool’s Day

In 1708 a correspondent published had written composed  to the British Apollo magazine asking, “Whence profits|continues|persists the custom of making April Fools? ” The question is {the one that|the one which} many people are still requesting today.

The puzzle that April Fool’s Day {reveals|gives|shows} to cultural historians is that it was only during the eighteenth hundred years100 years that detailed references to it (and fascination with it) {started out|commenced} to {show up|seem|look}. But at that time, the custom had recently been well established throughout {north|upper} Europe and was {considered|deemed|viewed} as being of great antiquity. How had the tradition been adopted by so many different {Western|Western european|American} cultures without provoking more comments in the written record?

References to {04|Apr|The spring} Fool’s Day can be found as early as the 1500s. However, these early references were {occasional|irregular|sporadic} and tended to be vague and ambiguous. William shakespeare, writing in the {past due|overdue|later} sixteenth and early 17th centuries, made no {point out|talk about|state} of April Fool’s Day time Working day}, despite being, as Charles Dickens Jr. put it, a writer who “delights in fools in {basic|standard}. {inch|inches}

Many theories have been put forward {about how precisely} the tradition began. {Regrettably|Sadly|However}, none of them {are incredibly} compelling. So the {source|origins|beginning} of the “custom of making April Fools” remains as much {a secret|a puzzle|an unknown} to us when it was back in 1708.

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