We love the beginning of April not just because it’s the mid spring but also because it’s April Fool Day that makes us smile and laugh. When in Britain we look forward to spoof newspaper headlines and hoax news reports.
Did you know that April 1st is also popular around the world? Since VIVAescorts™ are some of might be fun to tell you about how April Fools’ Day is celebrated in the countries our girls come from. Read on to find out the surprising history of the most amusing day of the year.
April Fools’ Day began life in medieval France. Until the middle of the 16th century, each calendar year started on April 1st. However, when King Charles I of France announced that the year would now begin on January 1st, many people refused to comply. Supporters of the king then began to play pranks on those who continued to celebrate 1st April. Since the day occurs during Lent, when fish was preferred over meat, the pranks often involve fake fish, and this tradition still holds today. In fact, the French still honour the tradition of Poisson d’Avril, where pranksters tape a paper fish to the backs of unsuspecting victims, who then become known as the April Fish.
Many of our escorts are Brazilian, and these girls also celebrate April Fools’ day, or o dia das mentiras, which literally means, the day of lies. These Latin folk love fun and games, and this day is the day to play pranks. Just like in the UK, newspapers run with spoof stories that no-one takes too seriously. A satirical publication called a mentiras became famous in 19th century Brazil for publishing articles such as this, including a story about the death of Emperor Pedro. After running into financial difficulties, it published a final edition stating the address where creditors could get their money back. Naturally, this address was also a hoax.
The Scots are known for their dry wit and sarcastic sense of humour, so it should be no surprise that they have embraced April Fools’ Day with great relish. So much so, that many of them extend it to the 2nd April too. The 1st is known as the Hunt the Gowk (cuckoo) day, when people like to playtricks on each other. In particular, these humorous Scots enjoy sending their friends on a fool’s errand. Examples include asking someone to deliver a sealed message asking for help, the contents of which instruct the recipient to pass it along and continue the chain. On the second day, they stick signs to people’s backs instructing them to kick the person.
Although April Fools’ Day has been celebrated in the west since the Middle Ages, it is interesting to note that the Persians have been marking the occasion since at least 536 BC, with pranks and practical jokes being part of the fun. The Persians have always seen April 1st as the start of the New Year, and still do, and it is common to spend the day in the open air, celebrating the new year and indulging in food, laughter, and good-natured jokes. After their picnic, Iranians worldwide throw away vegetables, which represent any potential illnesses or bad luck for the coming year.
We hope you have found this guide to how different countries and cultures celebrate April Fool’s Day as fascinating as we did. If you enjoy a diversity of cultures, then we find the best way to learn more about them is to meet with people from these cultures, particularly charming ladies who will go out of their way to help you discover more. With more international escorts than any other agency in London right now, VIVAescorts™ should be your first choice when seeking classy and cultured female companionship in the capital. So don’t be an April fool this April. Meet a VAescorts™ companion.