April Fools' Day is celebrated every year on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes.
A practical joke is a mischievous trick played on someone, generally causing the victim to experience embarrassment, perplexity, confusion or discomfort.
A hoax is a deliberately fabricated falsehood made to masquerade as the truth.
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The jokes and their victims are called April fools.
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Some newspapers, magazines, and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the next day or below the news section in small letters.
Although popular since the 19th century, the day is not a public holiday in any country.
A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year.
Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales contains the first recorded association between April 1 and foolishness.
Geoffrey Chaucer, known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.
The Canterbury Tales is a collection of 24 stories that runs to over 17,000 lines written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer between 1387–1400.