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April Fools Day in Poland – Prima Aprilis Posted by on Apr 1, 2012 in Calendar, Countries, Culture, Current News, Games, History, Holidays, traditions

If you pride yourself on your jokes (żarty) and pranks (wybryki, figle) but you feel like your sense of humor (poczucie humoru) is not appreciated enough (and maybe even earned you a few good yellings), April Fools’ Day is a holiday that was just made for you. Being on the giving rather than on the receiving end of a practical joke certainly plays a part in how much you enjoy this holiday, but in any case, this is the only day in the year when you can be as childish (dziecinny) and sneaky (podstępny) as you want (and ask people ‘why so serious?’).

April Fools’ Day is called as Prima Aprillis in Poland. It is celebrated on April 1st.

In addition to being a day of pranks, April Fools Day celebrations often involve dressing up in costumes (przebieranie się).  The traditions and the customs are followed as same as other countries. It is a day full of jokes and fun for the people of Poland. They plan for huge hoax stories to fool the media, public institutions and government by fooling them until the situation gets more serious. People love to play pranks on their friends, relatives and also on strangers.

April Fools Day in Poland is largely a holiday for children, but adults also get in on the fun. In recent years, Polish media has also taken part in the April Fools Day celebrations.

What kind of joke did you play on someone today? Try to describe it in both Polish and English in comments below:)


Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

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My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew up in Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


  1. Sergio:

    Unfortunately I did not play any pranks today. I am staying at my parents house for a while and I am alone with them. I wish I was in Poland with my friends having fun.

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  3. Lyra:

    I replaced my brother’s after-baseball gatorade with red dye and vinegar. I thought he would only take a sip of it before realising the joke, but he chugged the whole thing….god it was great.
    I also replaced the other drinks in the fridge with dyed vinegar…no one was happy with me.

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