First of April, is the official day of making jokes on family members and friends in Finland and many other countries. Note that the day is not marked in Finnish calendars on purpose. Thus, there remains an element of suprise as only some people remember the day and others don’t.
In most cases, the jokes are small and quite dumb. They work best in the morning and as a fun activity for kids. A common joke would be waking up other family members to see something weird in the yard or substituting breakfast orange juice with orange lemonade. Really simple stuff to which you can laugh together.
If somebody falls for your trick, you can sing the following.
Aprillia, syö silliä, juo kuravettä päälle!
It is April, eat herring and drink dirt water on top!
And yes, this sounds as bad in Finnish as translated into English.
The other fun thing about April Fools’ Day is that media makes jokes, too. For example, many newspapers publish joke stories. In that particular morning, people read the paper in excitement, trying to find the trick report. Usually it is quite easy to spot because it tends to be either very annoying or weird. I can remember one story that said that TV is going to be shut down for one month because of repair work.
Another story was that they are going to move the national composer’s, Jean Sibelius, house to a city centre from its’ original location to get more tourists. I have to admit, I am very easy to trick so this last story I actually believed. My colleagues at work had a good laugh over morning coffee when this came across in discussion.
You have now couple of days to prepare yourselves for April Fools’! Good luck with coming up with great jokes and not being tricked!