The origin of the French tradition of Poisson d’Avril has many roots, but the most well-known legend is about the decision by King Charles IX to declare January 1st as the official start of the new year. Some of the French were displeased and continued to celebrate the new year on April 1st.
Today “April Fish” is celebrated by children who try to adhere to paper fish on each other’s backs without being caught. When they succeed, they shout, “Poisson d’Avril!”
Our Middle School French students spent the day trying to get a fish on Madame Quinn’s back. Only a few were successful!