Read the following text and fill in the gaps with the expressions below according to the example. There are two extra expressions you don’t need.
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Fun facts About April Fools’ Day
April Fools’ Day is a day of fun and laughter, celebrated around the world on 1st April. This day is full of ………. (1). It’s a day to show off your creativity and sense of humour. You may choose to trick someone or simply watch others have a good laugh; April Fools’ Day is a perfect excuse to have a good time.
In France they have a tradition where they stick ………. (2) on each other’s backs. They call it Poisson d’Avril, which translates to ‘April Fish’.
Also, ………. (3) had a holiday called Hilaria which was very similar to April Fools’ Day. This is when they played jokes on each other.
Some historians believe that April Fools’ Day started in 1582. During this year, France switched ………. (4). This meant that the start of their year used to be around 1st April, however it changed to 1st January, like it is today. Some people accidentally celebrated new year in April and were called ‘April fools’!
Others believe April Fools’ Day started on the first day of spring. They think it’s because during this time nature fools us ………. (5).
Lots of companies, radios and TV channels make April Fools jokes. One of the best April Fools jokes was in 1957 when a man called Richard Dimbleby made a ‘documentary’ about how they were ………. (6). This was on a BBC programme. People actually believed it and even phoned up to ask how they could grow their own!
|A. ancient Romans||B. to a different calendar||C. harvesting spaghetti from trees||D. jokes and surprises|
|E. a paper fish||F. to practical jokes||G. in Scotland
|H. with the sudden change of weather|
key:1.D 2.E 3.A 4.B 5.H 6.C