Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Why is 'April Fool's Day' celebrated on December 28 in Spain and Latin America?

Every December 28, Spain and Latin America commemorates Día de los Santos Inocentes (Holy Innocents' Day) as an opportunity to play tricks on the naïve. However, it is a tradition of more than 2,000 years and with a tragic origin. 

Every December 28, the pranksters have fun with their jokes that range from black humor to white lies and false and dramatic news [although how you tell the difference these days is a complete mystery].

However, in reality the tradition - of more than two thousand years - has a tragic origin. The "Day of the Innocents" began as the Catholic feast of the "Innocent Children", in commemoration of the slaughter of all children under two years ordered by Herod upon learning that the Messiah had been born.

With the passage of time, the pagan tradition took away the tragic aspect of the date until it became the "Day of the Holy Innocents": an opportunity to play tricks on the naïve.

Por qué se celebra el Día de los Inocentes el 28 de diciembre