Liar liar, pants on fire!!

Aprils Fool’s Day, or as they call it in Brazil Dia das Mentiras, is celebrated because of the arrival of spring. The tradition, which had the origin in France, was brought to Brazil, by the Portuguese, when they first arrived. In Brazil, April 1st was first celebrated in the great state of Minas Gerais in 1828, when a newspaper called The Lie, announced the death of Dom Pedro I, who was the founder and first ruler of the Empire of Brazil. This announcement was contradicted the next day.
In Brazil this day is celebrated with fun and games by playing practical jokes and hoaxes to friends and family.  Furthermore in Brazil and as well as in Denmark, the mass media tempt to pull some kind of a hoax. This link is a great example of a practical joke in Brazil!

Beware out there!!

Written by David Monteiro Paes


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