The Finnish April Fools’ Day is on the first of April, and it is the official day of making pranks on family members and friends. I believe that many countries share this same tradition. Note that the day is not marked in Finnish calendars on purpose. Thus, there remains an element of surprise as only some people remember the day and others don’t.
What are the pranks?
In most cases, the jokes are small and quite dumb. They work best in the morning and as a fun activity for kids. A common trick would be waking up other family members to see something weird in the yard or substituting orange juice with orange lemonade at breakfast. Really simple stuff to which you can laugh together.
If somebody falls for your trick, you sing the following to him.
“Aprillia, syö silliä, juo kuravettä päälle!”
In English: “It is April, eat herring and drink dirt water on top!”
And yes, this sounds as bad in Finnish as translated into English.
The other fun thing about April Fools’ Day is that media makes jokes, too. For example, many newspapers publish joke stories. In that particular morning, people read the paper in excitement, trying to find the trick report. Usually, it is quite easy to spot because it tends to be either very annoying or weird. I can remember one story that said that TV is going to be shut down for one month because of repair work.
Another story was that they are going to move the national composer’s, Jean Sibelius, house from its’ original location to a city center to get more tourists. I have to admit, I am very easy to trick so this last story I actually believed. My colleagues at work had a good laugh over morning coffee when this came across in discussion.
You have now a little time to prepare yourselves for April Fools’ Day! Good luck with coming up with great jokes and not being tricked!