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    Today is April Fools’ Day!

    April Fools’ Day, known in Poland as “Prima Aprilis” (from Latin prima (dies) Aprilis – literally “first (day) of April”), is a day of jokes, pranks, and practical jokes that is celebrated on April 1st every year. In Poland, the holiday is a lighthearted and fun occasion, and it is enjoyed by people of all ages.

    “But my friend, it wasn’t me, stick a needle in my eye…!”

    illustration: Exercises of the Academic Legion in Krakow. Academic jokes during a break in training. May 1938

    On Prima Aprilis, it is common for people to play jokes and pranks on their friends and family members. These pranks can range from simple and harmless jokes, such as putting a whoopee cushion on someone’s chair, to more elaborate and complex pranks, such as setting up a fake job interview or pretending to have won the lottery.

    In Poland, the media also gets in on the fun, with newspapers and television stations publishing fake news stories and reports. These stories can be very convincing, and they often include outrageous claims and fabricated events.

    One of the most popular Prima Aprilis traditions in Poland is the sending of fake postcards. These postcards are usually humorous and feature outrageous images or messages. They are sent to friends and family members as a way of playing a practical joke and spreading some laughter and cheer.

    Overall, Prima Aprilis is a day of lighthearted fun and laughter in Poland. It is a time for people to let loose and enjoy themselves, and appreciate the humor and absurdity of life. Whether it’s through simple jokes and pranks or more elaborate hoaxes and fake news stories, Prima Aprilis is a day that is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

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