April fool has roots in India: History

Not many Indian’s know this, but April fool has it’s root in India.

Archeologist say that it started about 3000 years ago in Bihar , when people used to get together to crack jokes and make fun of any outsider. The tradition was used to help outsiders open up and get comfortable with the villagers.

A reference to it can be found in various ancient texts ,images and dramas such as

Taittiriya Upanishad  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taittiriya_Upanishad


Soundarya Lahari   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soundarya_Lahari

It never was intended to be cruel or hurt the feelings of individuals ,but was an important social gathering which emphasized that outsiders were always welcomed. It used to be one of the most important days of the year and even the king participated.

But like many Indian traditions, westerners assimilated it into their own culture so well that it lost it’s Indian roots.

Now the western world is promoting it heavily just to give boost to their consumerism . April fools day is a big shopping day for many Americans  and it might lose it’s significance if Americans come to know that it is an Indian tradition.

It is for this reason , that this historical fact was hidden from all school books.

Looking at the taboo associated with this day, many Indian historians refuse to take up this cause, but, is it right to let it go? Is it right to let Americans ruin the very Indian tradition?

Should we not reclaim this great Indian tradition? Should we allow Westerners to call this very happy day as Fools day?

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