THE first day of April is marked as the April Foolsí Day when it is culturally allowed to make others fool in some ways. Unlike other celebrations, where usually parties or exchanges of gifts occur, this day is celebrated differently. Teasing, fooling and lying with others to make fun of them is the thing to do for the day. Mostly youths and children make different flirts, pranks and lies in order to make their friends victims of their silly acts. These sorts of pranks can be of small scale, but sometimes, they can be serious. Sometimes, even a simple lie can destroy someoneís life.
Making others fool by telling "your shoelace is unwound", "your money has dropped", or telephoning a friend to inform him that something bad happened or setting the alarm clock of a friend two-three hours late are common ploys. Whatever are the pranks, the prankster always reveals it by shouting at the victim, "The April Fool". Although itís originally for fun only, pranks and lies canít be guaranteed to end up a simple joke always. Loud gossips, shouts and sometimes small scale fights to huge riots have erupted, various relations have ended up, and many people have been victimized of accidents in places because of April firstís pranks.
I remember last yearís incident when one of my friends got his legs broken in a bike accident because of a simple lie. A friend of mine had called him telling him that his wife was sick, and so, he should return home as soon as possible. The next tragic case I know had happened a few years ago when I was in college at the electric lab. My friend seemed tensed the day and was not concentrating in the experiment. He got a serious electric shock. Actually, his mind was diverted to words of her girlfriend in the mobile text he had received where she had tried to fool him telling that she had an incurable disease and would die soon. These cases make it vivid that a simple "for fun only" prank can result into a major accident.
A lie to make others fool can be a temporary way of entertainment to the prankster and his group but it becomes a serious matter for the victim. This may break friendship between two best friends and sometimes it may even lead to bigger quarrels, disputes, fights and accidents. According to police, making others a fool for nothing is a punishable crime, even in April Foolsí Day, and such pranksters will be arrested, when reported.
A bigger fool is the one who admires his friends for being able to fool others. According to Mark Twain, "The first day of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." This foreign culture is not a good culture to imitate as it can bring about negative impacts upon our family, society, nation and our culture. Every celebration that foreigners follow is not good. This misconception, that they are, needs to be abolished. We should learn to uplift our own culture, tradition and festivals. Letís make this day a good day by helping others. Letís say no to April foolís Day.