Don’t believe everything you come across tomorrow! The UK has its “Fools Day” on 1 April, but the equivalent in Spain is 28 December, Día de los Santos Inocentes (Holy Innocents Day). On this day, practical jokes are played in a very familiar way in a tradition that some think has links, albeit tenuous, to the biblical story of King Herod’s massacre of the babies (innocents) in a futile attempt to kill the infant Jesus. Others think it’s all a medieval fake, with the joke on Christians, but whatever the origins, practical joke victims in Spain are known as “innocents”, and as in the UK in April, television and the media join in and people compete in finding the fake story. Happy Día de los Santos Inocentes!

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