By Ángela Padrón
Most people know that April 1st is the best day to play a practical joke on someone. That’s because it’s April Fools’ Day! Also called “All Fools’ Day,” this holiday has been celebrated for many centuries all over the world and still continues strong today.
No one really knows how April Fools’ Day began. Some historians believe the tradition dates back to 1582 when the New Year began on April 1st. However, when France began using the Gregorian calendar they changed that date to January 1st. Anyone who didn’t know this still celebrated the new year on the wrong day and were therefore teased. In some countries, people were sent on phony errands as a joke while others had fake tails, paper fish, or “kick me” signs attached to their backsides. Others believe that April Fools’ Day relates to Hilaria, a festival celebrated during March in ancient Rome when people wore disguises. Or, it could relate to the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere when the weather can change unpredictably, causing people to be fooled by the unknown late winter/early spring weather.
- Es una rana nativa de Puerto Rico que mide 36 milímetros.
- Se le conoce como coquí por el sonido que hacen los machos de la especie.
- Sus dedos no están ligados entre sí por una membrana.
- No pasa por el estado de renacuajo o larva; cuando sale del huevo es como una rana adulta en miniatura.
- En Puerto Rico existen 17 especies de coquíes, algunas en peligro de extinción por la destrucción de su hábitat.
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