1st April or April Fool's Day is the one time of year when British traditionally play jokes on our friends and colleagues. Read the original text on BBC page and listen to the article to solve a question about this special date as there is a problem to download the audio.
The origins of April Fools Day are not clear but it is known that the tradition of practical joking and mischief-making dates back to Ancient Roman times.
It would appear that the festival is closely related to the coming of Spring.
Ancient Romans and Celts celebrated a festival of practical joking at about the time of the Vernal Equinox, as do millions of India's Hindus.
The French also mark 1 April but instead of April Fools they call it Poisson d'Avril (April Fish).
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