Around The World – April 2017

Do you like to play pranks on people? If so, there is a day made just for you – April Fool’s Day! No one is sure when the tradition of playing jokes on each other on the rst of April started, but there are a few theories. Some historians think it originated in ancient Roman times as a festival called Hilaria. The celebration involved dressing up in disguises. Others think it originated in 1582 when France started using the Gregorian calendar instead of the Julian calendar we use today. Some people forgot about this calendar switch and others made fun of them for it and played jokes on them.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
—Margaret Mead

Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day. On this day, people around the world come together and attend events to show support for the environment and ways we
can protect it. On the rst Earth Day, which was celebrated in 1970, 22 million Americans celebrated. You don’t have to wait for April 22 to be kind to the planet, though. There are things we can do every day that will make a di erence.

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