|Poisson d'Avril - France's April Fool's Day Tradition|
After doing a little research, it's clear that there's not a definitive answer, but the most plausible seems to revolve around the changing of the New Year from the end of March to January 1st in 1564 by King Charles XIV of France. Since communication at that time was very poor the news of the change of the New Year date was slow to spread. There was no way to tweet the information, in fact, there wasn't even a reliable postal system at the time. For those who had not heard the news or were reluctant to change, a joke was played on them. The joke was to stick a paper fish on their back. The victim of the prank was then called a Poisson d'Avril or April Fish.
Today in France, many school age children love to continue the tradition. Also, many of the patisseries and confectionaries throughout France shape their breads and chocolates into fish for the festivities. Yum!
Below I created some playful hand drawn fish for you to try out the tradition yourself. Just print the page, cut out the fish and have fun finding an unsuspecting person to become a Poisson d'Avril! If you are looking for some crafts too, be sure to also check out Marie Claire Idées Poisson d'Avril Pinterest board. Have fun and hope you can stay clear of becoming an April fish!
Free Printable Poisson d'Avril Fish
|Free Printable Fish for Poisson d'Avril by B.Nute productions|
1. Select each link above, and print out the page on an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper.
2. Cut out each fish and put a piece of tape on the top.
3. Find your unsuspecting friends and try to tape the fish on their back without them knowing!
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