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April Fools' Day & Tradition in Greece

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April fools’ day is celebrated in Greece as in other countries around the world, ...

on the 1st of April. How? But of course by playing jokes, doing pranks, spreading rumors and after exposing the prank by shouting “April fools’ day” ! 

The basic idea was that Greeks started telling small, innocent lies on April 1st, thinking that whoever manages to trick the “victim”, will have luck along his/her side for the rest of the year. In other parts, it is believed that the person who plays the trick, will have good crops. In addition, if it rains on April Fools day, in some parts in Greece, the water is believed to have healing powers. 
One of the most memorable pranks in Greece was placed in 1982 with the title “Athens pollution alert”. Specifically the Greek government spread the rumor that pollution had reached emergency levels in downtown Athens, and that the city would have to be immediately evacuated. Schools were called to close immediately and children were sent home. Also everyone who was driving a car was ordered to abandon it and go to open ground areas. 
Many people took the prank seriously and attempted to leave the city. The radio network had retracted the rumor within three hours. 

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