What time does April Fool’s end and is it bad luck after 12pm? Rules and etiquette explained

It's April 1st, and that can only mean one thing – it's April Fool's Day. As tradition dictates, it's the day where we can have a bit of fun and play harmless pranks on our family and friends, but there are some rules and etiquette we should keep in mind.

The first rule of April Fool's Day is that the jokes should end at midday. According to the folklore, playing a prank after 12pm could bring bad luck, as the “devil's hour” begins. Although it's not known where this rule originates from, it's a commonly accepted belief.

The jokes should also be in good taste, and should never cause harm or distress to anyone. Pranks involving food can be particularly dangerous, as they could cause an allergic reaction. It's important to be aware of the sensitivities of those around you, and to keep the jokes light-hearted and fun.

It's a good idea to let the people you want to prank know what's going on. This gives them a chance to prepare themselves and also gives them a chance to prank you back. It's all part of the fun.

Finally, it's important to remember that April Fool's Day is just for one day. Don't take the pranks too far, and don't push them beyond the end of the day.

So to answer the question, April Fool's Day ends at 12pm and it's considered bad luck to play a prank after this time. But as long as you remember to keep the jokes light-hearted, respectful, and in good taste, you can have a fun and safe April Fool's Day.