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It is still early morning and Tia is sneaking around Tofus room

She puts a beautifully wrapped gift box on his desk

The calendar on the wall says 1st of April

She sneaks out again, hides and waits for Tofu to get up.

Tofu gets up, sees the box and gets very excited.

Oh wow! Whats that?

is it a gift for me!

I wonder who its from!

Let me open it and see.

Huh?

Its empty

Oh, sweet Tofu. Its so easy to prank you!

Oh

You did this, Tia? Why would you do such a mean thing to me?

Oh, cheer up Tofu! Its April Fools Day!

I cant cheer up after what you just did to me Tia.

and also, I dont know what April Fools Day is.

Okay, let me tell you about it

maybe then you wont feel so bad about my little prank Tofu

There are so many different stories about how 1st April

came to be celebrated as April Fools Day.

But the most widespread one is about the calendar.

In the year 1582

Pope Gregory the XIII introduced a new calendar

the Gregorian calendar.

This calendar started the New Year on the 1st of January.

But back then information took time to spread.

Remember, there was no Internet or phone back then!

So, for a long time, many people

didnt know about the change in the calendar

and many others who knew about it

refused to accept the new calendar.

These people continued to celebrate the New Years Day on 1st of April.

The people who had accepted the new calendar

now started making fun of these non-believers.

They would lead them to believe in things that did not exist

or even send them on fools errands

errands that didnt exist!

Eventually, the new calendar was accepted worldwide

but the pranks stayed on.

Friends

siblings

relatives

and even parents often play tricks on their loved ones on 1st April.

All the pranks are just for harmless fun and never to hurt anyone.

They usually end with the pranksters shoutingApril Fool!”

and peels of laughter from everywhere!

So you see, Tofu

pranking you was a part of the celebration.

I dont care. I am really upset with what you did with me, Tia.

Oh, no Tofu. I am really sorry.

I didnt think you would feel so bad

What can I do to make it up to you?

Just accept that I made a better April Fool of you Tia!

You were pretending to be angry with me!

Yes, I was!

I guess I should be more careful around you today then.

Yesyou should!

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