Día de los Santos Inocentes – Spain’s “April Fool’s Day” – 28 December

Día de los Santos Inocentes – Spain’s “April Fool’s Day” – 28 December

Today, 28 December, is the Día de los Santos Inocentes (Holy Innocents Day), a day when practical jokes and spoof stories are everywhere in a way very similar to April Fools’ Day in the UK. The tradition has links, some think, 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. In these days of “fake news”, it might be increasingly difficult to tell, but for those who enjoy finding the fake story, today’s the day in Spain! Happy Día de los Santos Inocentes!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *