Why do we celebrate April Fools Day?
Weirdly, no-one really knows. But in the UK, every year on the 1 April, it is a day for playing friendly tricks or practical jokes on people (but only before noon).
In fact, it’s something widely celebrated around the world!
- Brazil - 'Dia de Mentira' or 'Lie Day', a day for fooling family and friends by telling white lies, believed to cure the modern world's ills.
- France - sticking paper fish to people's backs, and shouting 'Poisson d'Avril!' meaning 'April Fish!'
- India - Celebrated on 31 March, known as Holi Festival, it is a day to welcome Spring by playing jokes, throwing coloured powder and wearing brightly-coloured face paint.
- Peru - 'mazas' or paper dolls are pinned to someone's back. The media will also publish crazy news, leaving readers unaware of what is real.
- Portugal - celebrated the Sunday and Monday before Lent. The days are spent not only playing practical jokes, but also throwing flour on each other.
In the spirit of April Fools Day, see if you can guess what's true and what's an April Fool out of these 9 facts:
- The Pyramids are older than Stonehenge
- Everyday the British drink 165 million cups of tea.
- Over 300 languages are spoken in London - more than any other country in the world.
- On average British people spend 4 and a half months of their life talking about the weather.
- No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
- The right way to dress a scone is jam on top of cream, not cream on top of jam.
- Penguins can fly.
- Big Ben is the name of the clock, but the bell inside is called Little Ben.
- Twitter's bird is called Larry.
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