KNOWN the world over as April Fool's Day, in Scotland the pranksters celebration is traditionally known as "Hunt the Gowk Day".

And better yet, Scots traditionally celebrated over two-days, with both for fun and jokes.

The traditional April 1 celebrations originate from medieval times. Some historians argue that following the move of the Julian calendar - which celebrated New Year in Spring at the equinox - to the Gregorian calendar used today, people were late to get the news and continued to celebrate New Year on April 1.

This led to people being called "April fools" and being teased with jokes and pranks.

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It later spread and Scotland's tradition can be traced to the 18th century.

What does Hunt the Gowk mean?

Gowk is the Scots word for a cuckoo bird - a symbol for a fool.

On the first day, people are encouraged to "hunt the gowk". A "victim" is chosen and are led on to carry out fake tasks or tricked into believing lies throughout the day.

What is Tallie Day?

In Scotland, on April 2, some Scots pin fake tails or signs saying "kick me" to people and a chase ensues!

Some are unaware of the sign - again making them the gowk.

Both days are a time for fun and laughter - but keep your guard up or else you could fall victim and become the gowk!