Laughter is an international language!  Known as April Fool’s Day in the United States, many cultures and countries celebrate the springtime with laughter, jokes and pranks. Here’s a few examples:


April Fish – In Italy, France, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada, April 1 tradition is often known as “April fish” (poisson d’avril in French or pesce d’aprile in Italian). This includes attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim’s back without being noticed. Such fish feature prominently on many late 19th- to early 20th-century French April Fools’ Day postcards.

holiIndia’s Holi festival – celebrated on March 31, and is a day to play jokes, toss colored dust and wear face and body paint to inaugurate spring.

Ireland Scotland – traditionally, people would give a joke letter to one person.  Then that person passes it to another and so on. When the letter was finally opened opened it would say something like: “send the fool further”

Portugal – Celebrated on the first Sunday or Monday of Lent, the traditional trick is to throw flour on a friend or family member

Hilaria – the Ancient Roman’s spring festival, celebrating the goddess Cybele.  Now known as “Roman Laughing Day”


Do you celebrate any of these traditions?  Do you have another April Fool’s or Spring Festival tradition?