Poisson d’Avril!

The April Fools’ tradition in France involves a fish.

Happily, it is a hand-made paper fish that a child will stick on your back, then cry: ‘Poisson d’Avril!’

I think you have to be French to get why this is funny.

Happy April Fools’ Day!

More about the Poisson d’Avril tradition in France:




  1. davidprosser · April 1, 2014

    That sounds like a nice gentle tradition that’s been carried forward, no matter it may not have had a glorious start. It’s colourful and must keep the little monsters busy colouring in fish for a couple of days beforehand.Maybe I should start work on my young grandson early to see if he’ll give it a go.

    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • MELewis · April 1, 2014

      David, I’m sure he’d love it! And I agree it’s a much nicer tradition than all the practical joking that goes on around April 1st. For once, the French tradition doesn’t involve eating anything fattening! Bzzz

  2. cheergerm · April 1, 2014

    Interesting reading to sew why it started, glad it’s not a real fish!

  3. cheergerm · April 1, 2014

    That should have said ‘see’…I am all thumbs today.

    • MELewis · April 1, 2014

      Your thumbs are sending you a ‘poisson’ 😉

  4. The Laughing Housewife · April 2, 2014

    It’s nicer than salt in the sugar, though 🙂

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