April Fools' Day is celebrated all around the world on the April 1 of every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools' Day, April 1 is not a legal holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day that tolerates practical jokes and general foolishness. The day is marked by the commission of good humoured or funny jokes, hoaxes, and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, work associates, etc.
The Fall of Granada, Spain and 1st April - APRIL FOOL
In Spain, after centuries of Muslim rule*, the Moors were overwhelmed by the Christian Army. However, the Moors were fortified in their homes. The Christian armies wanted to get rid of the Muslims somehow. They told the Muslims that they could leave their homes safely and could take only the necessary things from their homes. They were told they could sail away in the ships anchored on the quay side. The Muslims did wonder if this ploy was a trick. The Muslims were requested to go to the quay side to check the ships. They did so and were convinced. They then made preparations to leave. The next day, 1st April, they took their essential belongings and walked towards the quay side. The Christians looted their homes and then set fire to them. Before the Muslims got to the ships, the Christians had set fire to the ships as well. The Christians then attacked the Muslims and killed them all: men, women and children. They then celebrated this carnage. This then became a ritual that was celebrated every year and that has been carried on until this day not only in Spain but in other countries, too. The Muslims celebrate 1st April as well as playing jokes on others on this day through sheer ignorance of the story. We should bring out the facts of the story to all in order to put a stop to the practice of celebrating this bloody and shameful episode.
I despise this day !!