So in France today, we would be doing things with Le Poisson d’Avril.
Which, you guessed it, is a variant of April Fool’s Day. But with fish. (The theory is the fish were, at the origin, very nice gifts to give each other in the middle of Lent that way. Also, did you KNOW, as I just learned in my Google searching, that this all started when Charles IX changed the start of the New Year from April 1st, to January 1? That’s one idea, anyway.)
Except the French, being very smart, smart enough to make snails taste good, quickly realized that this old now fake New Year was NOT just a good day for fish or jokes, it was ALSO another day people should be giving each other chocolate.
Don’t you just love the French?