TechnoMag would like to unequivocally revoke two of our lead stories that we ran yesterday leading with the headlines Kangai bounces back at NetOne and Supa Now Media Minister as President Announces cabinet Reshuffle respectively, as these were really nothing but April Fools Day Stories.
We deliberately ran the stories in cognisance with the April Fools tradition as we join the world with pranks and practically unreal stories.
By Toneo Tonderai Rutsito
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Zimbabwean publications also ran similar pranks and April jokes, world over the trend took precedence.
However on the history of this Day IBTimes reports that Most people think it stems from Pope Gregory XIII. In 1582, he wanted his new Gregorian calendar to replace the old Julian Calendar.
This called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated on January 1 instead of the end of March.
But some people apparently didn’t get the memo and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1.
These poor folk were made fun of and were sent on ‘fools errands’ for a laugh.
However, others think April Fools’ Day stems from the age when people used to hold spring festivals marking the end of winter with ‘mayhem and misrule’, according to the Museum of Hoaxes.
How is it celebrated around the world?
In Scotland, April Fools’ Day is traditionally called Hunt-the-Gowk Day, the term “gowk” refers to a cuckoo or a foolish person. The traditional prank is to ask someone to deliver a sealed message requesting some sort of help. The message actually reads: “Dinna laugh, dinna smile. Hunt the gowk another mile” – to which the recipient will explain he can only help if he first contacts another person and the message is sent on.
In France and French-speaking areas of Canada, a paper fish is attached to the victim’s back, known as the poisson d’Avril. The same tradition is carried out in Italy, as the Pesce d’aprile.
The Flemish tradition on April Fools’ Day is for children to lock their parents or teachers out of the house or classroom, only letting them in if they promise to bring treats. In Iran, April Fools’ Day takes place on the 13th day of the Persian new year, called Sizdah Be-dar, which falls on 1 April.
It is tradition to only play jokes on people until midday on April 1 – after which the joker who plays the prank becomes the fool.