Photographer's Note

This tradition would find its origin in France, in 1564. The legend wants that until then, the year would have begun on April 1st, but king of France Charles IX decided, by the Edict of Roussillon, that the year would begin henceforth on January 1st, mark of the extension of the days, instead of the end of March, the arrival of the spring.

But in fact, the calendar year has never begun on April 1st.

If the exact origin of the use of fishes remains dark, the legend wants that some of his subjects cross of in the idea that one their moove the calendar, and they continued to celebrate the neighborhood of April 1st.

To buy itself friendly the head, congeners took the opportunity to put back to them false presents and play on them hanging tricks. So was born the April fool, the day of the madmen, the day of those who do not accept the reality or see it otherwise.

Photo taken in queen's hamlet in Versailles.

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