April Fools - Poisson d'Avril !

Every April 1st, France comes alive with the delightful antics of Poisson d'Avril, or April Fish. This charming tradition has deep historical roots, believed to have originated in the 16th century.

Legend has it that during King Charles IX's reign, France transitioned from celebrating the new year on April 1st to January 1st. Some resisted this change, and to mock them, others offered fake gifts, often including fish, symbolizing foolishness. Today, Poisson d'Avril is a day of playful pranks and laughter. Children craft paper fish to surreptitiously attach to unsuspecting backs, while media outlets and businesses contribute with humorous stories and fake news.

More than just a tradition, Poisson d'Avril embodies the French spirit of joy and camaraderie, reminding us to embrace laughter and not take ourselves too seriously.

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