Beware: It’s April Fools Day
April 1, 2011: April Fools’ Day is today when people especially youngsters lie and mock by calling it as entertainment and often create shocking situation for the others.
April Fools’ Day is always celebrated on April 1, following the custom of playing practical jokes on friends or sending them on fools’ errands.
The day is marked with playing good humored or funny jokes, hoaxes, and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbors and work associates.
“This day is marked by only the ignorant people and celebrating lies must not be encouraged at all.
Lies about accident or death of some close relative or friend can cause severe mental shock to the others”, a university student, Nosheen said.
The tradition of celebrating such days for the sake of fun sometime hurt the sentiments of others and must be discouraged, she said.
There are very few moments of happiness and excitement in life and this day provide some sort of amusement, if the jokes are meant for enjoyment and entertainment instead of playing with one’s feelings, a worker of a private firm Rehana said.
Although practical jokes on the day test the level of tolerance and nerves of people but sometimes lead to psychological traumas.
Observing April Fools’ Day is the most dishonest tradition as lie is lie even if one speaks for fun. It can cause much harm to the supersensitive people who cannot bear a little shock, Irum said.
An employee on a local government department, Ali Chohan said “Sometimes people start considering real happenings as jokes as one of my relative’s wife died on 1st April and informed me through SMS but I did not believe on what he said assuming it as a joke”.
According to the religious teachings, celebrating April Fools’ Day is forbidden as the day is based on dishonest traditions, lies and mocking which cause big harms most of the times.
Traditionally, in some countries such as New Zealand, the UK, Australia, and South Africa, the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an “April Fool”.