This is what the Wikipedia says about the day we are celebrating today:
April Fools’ Day or All Fools’ Day is a holiday celebrated in various countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbors, or sending them on a fool’s errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, such as the UK, Australia, and South Africa the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an “April Fool”. Elsewhere, such as in France, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S., the jokes last all day. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer‘s Canterbury Tales (1392). Many writers suggest that the restoration of January 1 as New Year’s Day in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, but this theory does not explain earlier references.
As you might have noticed, this celebration is identical to what we celebrate in Spain every 28th of December, “El día de los Santos Inocentes”. I particularly enjoying watching and reading the news and try to discover the hoaxes included.
Or if you don’t feel like reading, you can watch the video below, which includes the Top 10 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes. Anyway, try to read the press today and find the hoaxes. Later you can share them with us in the comments section. Thank you!
In our new section Resources, you can follow CNN Podcasts. Here you will be able to listen to news in English whenever you want to.
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Christmas? But isn’t there a crisis?!?! Never mind! You can practise your English for free… In fact, there is this newspaper in English which we’ve had in class these days, which you can pick in many places around Gran Canaria, and it won’t cost you a penny! It’s called RTN and it tells you all about what’s going on. This is one of their articles for the Christmas season. in which they suggest how to weather the holidays without spending a fortune!