April Fools Day in Odessa

1st of April we celebrate the Day of Laughter or the April Fool’s Day. This holiday is informal, but always cheerful. A day for making jokes and tricks on friends and family and share ridiculous gifts. It is celebrated everywhere in Ukraine, but nowhere is this holdiay taken more seriously than  in Ukrainian Black Sea port city Odessa where an impressive and light hearted parade is held annualy to celebrate both the April Fool’s Day as well as Odessa itself as the “Humor Capital”.

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Odessa is the only city of Ukraine where the day of humor has become a holiday of a great carnival. This festival is also calledYumorina. Here you can see people dressed as comic characters sing and dance during the opening of the Festival of Humor The Fool’s Day Festival lasts for two days and is an official holiday in Odessa.

Yumorina

And if it’s raining on this day, open the umbrella carefully because “unexpectedly and who knows from where” you can be showered with confetti. Or all watches in the house can be wound an hour back or there might be salt instead of sugar or vice versa. And don’t even try to buy a brand new product you’ve never heard about.

Yumorina

This day is one of the funniest and favorites celebrations. In the 1st of April people from all cities of Ukraine come visitYumorina in Odessa. Everyone wants communications, smiles and affectionate.

Yumorina

The first Day of Humor in Odessa was held in 1973.  The open air festival of jokes was of so success that in the next year the feuilleton writers of the local newspapers took part in it. In 1976 emerged the tradition to drive down the Potyomkinskaya stairs. People used skies, sledges, boards and even the Ukrainian funny car “Zaporozhets”.

Odessa

In the same year the extent of the holiday scared the soviet local government which in result prohibits the celebration but nevertheless the humor competitions were organized in institutes. The holiday regenerated in 1987 but was not of the former scale. The April Fool’s Day renewed completely only in 1996. In Ukraine more than 70% of people are going to trick about their friends.

Odessa

So be careful, gather all your sense of humor, fresh jokes and don’t get offend when being tricked about. Have fun because laughter makes your life longer.
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