English April Fools Day | Hamro Patro

Bring back the kid in you, April Fool cool cool

I have just boarded the Mechi Mahakali Expressway train from Ilam and arrived at the Kathmandu office at 9 in the morning. You may have heard the news that Nepal has won the World Cup, and today we have just received information that there is a demonstration of foreigners in front of the Nepalese embassies abroad. They complain that it is very difficult to get a Nepali visa. Haha, you believed? Nepal's most downloaded mobile app, Hamrp Patro, wishes to wish all our users a happy April Fool's Day.

April Fool's Day, the first date of April, has been a tradition of lying, joking, and having fun under various pretexts. The reference to the April Fools of 2021 is a little more interesting. Arguments that you can't get out of your house, you can catch an invisible virus, you may have to die would seem like a joke in the years before 2020, but in 2021, these things have become true, not a joke.
In the case of Nepal, Melamchi water, which has been the main theme of Gaijatra and April Fool's Day for the last two decades, has started to be distributed to households in the capital this year. This April Fool's is some part-time achievements and some full-time laughter for the year of 2021.

Welcome to the annual custom and a specific day dedicated to practical jokes and hoaxes. The joke is finally revealed by shouting the April fool at the end. The reason behind this joke errand day is lost in history but of course, there are some theories. Several facts date back to this celebration from the 14th century and relate to English poet and author Geoffrey Chaucer. In his famous creation "The Canterbury Tales" where Chaucer refers playful reference to 32nd March; or 1st of April. This is the closest reference and one among the plausible reason for April 1st celebration however, there is no conclusive and solid reason for the history of April first. Who doesn't like a playful prank with their lovely ones but folks don't forget to reveal the prank by shouting April fool at the end. Such jokes and pranks have an immense impact on Nepali culture and history, and also helps humans bond with each other. It’s a way to build up energy and tension, this day allows people to fairly misbehave, and importantly after this day people must return to their normal behavior, so this is a ritual of enforcing the social norm of good behavior. Being able to joke and poke, have fun with others helps us in building social relationships, laughter itself is a panacea and too good for our health. Don't forget to smile and make others smile today, keep up this promise and stick to it.

Scotland celebrates Gowk day today and Brazil celebrates Dia De Mentira "Lie Day" on this day, this day is for comedic effect anyway. Humor, of course, can break the ice and it conveys what cannot be put into words. Pranking in person, at school, office, college, streets and some people do it to their families, has been a part of April fool day for hundreds of years.

To remind your friends today that they all were kids once in their lifetime, help them bring that joyful kid back in their life and relieve some stress by bringing some smiles and happiness through your prank and jokes. Accept that being the fool is okay sometimes, Have fun.

Suyog Dhakal

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Hamro Patro is one of the first Nepali app to include Nepali Patro, launched in 2010. We started with a Nepali Calendar mobile app to help Nepalese living abroad stay in touch with Nepalese festivals and important dates in Nepali calendar year. Later on, to cater to the people who couldn’t type in Nepali using fonts like Preeti, Ganesh and even Nepali Unicode, we built nepali mobile keyboard called Hamro Nepali keyboard.