NoHo Seeks Crafty Tricksters This April Fool’s Day

This is no joke!

April Fool's Day

The NoHo Arts District dot Com team loves April Fool’s Day. We are bad, really bad. But we think you all are much craftier pranksters. Tell us your best April Fool’s prank and we’ll give the best trickster a $25 gift certificate to Pitfire Pizza in NoHo. This way you can take your “fool” out for a consolatory celebration of yummy food and libation.

Email us your foolish tale
Subject: April Fools
We announce the winner on Friday, April 4

April Fool's Day

So how did April Fool’s Day start? That’s tricky, too.

Way back in the day, folks celebrated New Year’s Day up until April 1, close to the spring equinox. But in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII replaced the old Julian Calendar with the Gregorian Calendar. The new calendar made January 1 New Year’s Day not April 1. According to a popular story telling, many people refused to celebrate the new date or they never heard about the date change, all the while still celebrating New Year’s Day on April 1. Well, people began to tease these “April Fools” and thus the name.

We may never know the exact origins of this popular holiday but we can guess that it has something to do with spring, a time of renewal and happiness with lots of celebration.

Here’s a great video from explaining the background of April Fools.


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