April’s Fish

We at Rescogita thought of starting this day with a prank, instead decide to give you some fun and trivia of why the 1st day of April is dedicated to fool, jokes and pranks, and hope you do enjoy. 

It believed that this tradition goes all the way back to ancient Egypt, thought to be honest the initial meaning is pretty much lost, the first official recount talks about a festival called Hilaria in ancient Rome (yep that was the actual name believe it or not) while celebrating Goddess Cybele masked people were allowed to mock and prank anyone, even the nobility. 

Another claim is that it started in France when in the XVIth century they changed calendars, from celebrating new year on the 1st of April to the 1st of January, and those who forgot and celebrated still in April were called fools and had  paper cut fish stuck to their back. 

Really there are a lot stories on the origins of April’s fool, some absurd some less, and the conclusion is that if someone tells us there is a fool’s day where we can hoax, prank, joke and make fun, as a species we’ll probably take it, as any excuse to have fun. By the way, why a fish? 

Rescogita is a startup that focuses on education through training, coaching, capacity building and consulting, grounded on the principles of ecopsychology, meaning in identifying practical solutions to affect the wellbeing of the individual, the community and the biosphere in a single approach.

Published by Lorenzo Nava

Consultant, Trainer and Coach, on participatory learning processes, experiential learning dynamics, non formal education and NLP certified practitioner