A short version of the history of April Fool’s Day, sometimes known as All Fool’s Day – New Year’s Day used to be celebrated near the vernal equinox, but in 1582 Pope Gregory XVII changed the calendar from the Julian to the Gregorian. This changed New Year’s Day to January 1.
Some people did not know about the change; others chose not to go with the change and still celebrated New Year’s on April 1st. These people were considered “fools” and were sent on “fool’s errands” or tricked in various ways. Eventually the practice spread and now we all celebrate April Fool’s Day!
Even though jokes aren’t quite tricks, I’ll be posting some ghost jokes on my Facebook page throughout the day today if you’d like to check them out. Feel free to “Like” the page while you’re there!