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1st April Fool Day, 2024

However, it took some time for everyone to adopt this change, and those who continued to celebrate on April 1st were deemed fools. Another intriguing theory can be found in Geoffrey Chaucer's 1392 book "The Canterbury Tales," where a reference to "March 32" sparked debate. The lack of context and the distant date leave its interpretation open to speculation. Some view it as the origin of the April Fools' tradition, while others dismiss it as a mere misprint. Whether we attribute April Fools' Day to Pope Gregory VIII or Geoffrey Chaucer, it has persisted for centuries, igniting creativity and excitement as spring unfolds. 

Here are some anecdotes shared by residents of Dwarka about their experiences with April Fools' Day, as recounted to Dwarka City- 

Its origin is uncertain, but it's believed to have roots in various cultures and traditions dating back centuries. The day is marked by people playing practical jokes on friends, family members, and even strangers, often to make them believe something false or absurd. One anecdote that illustrates the spirit of April Fool's Day involves a famous hoax pulled off by the BBC in 1957. The network aired a segment on its current affairs program "Panorama" about a fictitious Swiss family harvesting spaghetti from trees. The segment showed footage of people picking spaghetti from trees and claimed that the mild winter had resulted in a bumper spaghetti crop. Many viewers were fooled by the realistic-looking footage and called in to ask how they could grow their own spaghetti trees. This hoax demonstrates the power of the media and the willingness of people to believe what they see and hear, even if it seems improbable. April Fool's Day serves as a lighthearted reminder not to take life too seriously and to embrace laughter and humor, even amid everyday routines. 
Tiaa Jain, Surbhi Apartments

 It's a day that allows them to exercise their creativity and sense of humour, thinking up clever pranks and jokes to surprise and delight those around them. The anticipation leading up to April Fools' Day can be just as fun as the day itself, as children brainstorm ideas for their pranks and eagerly await the opportunity to put their plans into action. Whether it be hiding some harmless plastic bugs or spiders in an empty cereal box before refilling it with cereal or flipping all the pictures frames in a room upside down to show that the person has turned upside down, children often take great joy in the playful mischief of the day. Overall, April Fools' Day can be a memorable and enjoyable experience for children, filled with laughter, creativity, and the excitement of pulling off the perfect prank.
Aishwarya Das, Green Valley Apartments

About 6 years ago, on April 1st, I received a call from my friend asking me to get ready for a football match which my school had organized. I blindly believed him as he was a good friend of mine, which I still think to this day was a rookie mistake. About 10 minutes later, as I was getting ready, he called me back to inform me he had fooled me and left me feeling stupid for the rest of the week. 
Vivaan Taneja, Class XI, Dream Appts., Sec 22

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