The Spirit of Play: Celebrating April Fool’s Day

Regia Marinho
3 min readApr 1, 2024
AI + RegiaArt.

April Fool’s Day is celebrated annually on April 1st.

It is a day dedicated to pranks, hoaxes, and practical jokes.

The Out of Order Sign Prank: Place an Out of Order sign on a perfectly functioning elevator or restroom door.

Watch as people wait anxiously for it to be fixed, only to realize they’ve been fooled when someone walks right past the sign and uses the facility or elevator without issue.

It’s a time when people play light-hearted tricks on friends, family members, and even strangers, often to cause harmless laughter and amusement.

While the origins of April Fool’s Day are somewhat unclear, it has been observed for centuries in various cultures around the world.

One popular theory about the origins of April Fool’s Day dates back to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in the 16th century.

Before the Gregorian calendar was implemented, New Year’s Day was celebrated on or around April 1st in many European countries.

However, with the introduction of the Gregorian calendar, which moved New Year’s Day to January 1st, some people continued to celebrate the new year on April 1st.

These individuals were often ridiculed and became the subject of practical jokes and hoaxes, giving rise to the tradition of April Fool’s Day.

Regardless of its origins, April Fool’s Day has become a lighthearted and widely celebrated occasion in many parts of the world.

People of all ages often participate in the festivities by playing pranks on friends, family members, and coworkers.

These pranks can range from harmless and playful to elaborate and creative, with some individuals going to great lengths to pull off memorable hoaxes.

Common April Fool’s Day pranks…

Share fabricated news stories or announcements to trick people into believing something that isn’t true.

Making prank phone calls to friends or family members, often using disguises or altered voices to deceive the recipient.

Set up practical jokes in the workplace, such as filling a coworker’s office with balloons or wrapping their desk in aluminum foil.

Serve food that has been altered in some way, such as replacing sugar with salt or filling donuts with mayonnaise instead of cream filling.

Post fake signs or notices in public places to confuse or amuse passersby.

While April Fool’s Day is generally a time for harmless fun and laughter, it’s important to remember to be considerate of others’ feelings and boundaries.

It’s always best to avoid pranks that could potentially cause harm, embarrassment, or distress to others.

And, it’s customary to reveal the prank and share a good laugh with the person who fell victim to it once the joke has run its course.

Overall, April Fool’s Day provides an opportunity for people to come together and enjoy a day of play and laughter, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared enjoyment.

New month, new projects, different times, more actions, and same dreams…

Thank you!

_Regia Marinho. April 1, 2024.



Regia Marinho

I write about ideas, technology, the future and inspire the world through art.