EDITOR NOTE: A biblical story of King Herod and the Massacre of the Innocents, inspired the Latin American April Fool's Day equivalent. This day is notorious for people asking to "borrow" things and then never returning the item. Be warned!
One of the most awaited celebrations in Latin America is the Día de Los Santos Innocentes, or “Day of the Holy Innocents,” which occurs every year on Dec. 28.
Just like Americans do during April Fool’s Day, Latinos pull practical and elaborate jokes on one another during the holiday. Tradition dictates that, whenever someone makes a successful joke, they must say, “Innocent little dove, that let yourself be fooled.”
While the holiday has a sad origin, it is now a day full of laughter. It dates back to Biblical times, with its name coming from the innocent babies that King Herod ordered to die in Bethlehem. Herod was afraid of baby Jesus, the awaited Messiah, and was terrified of losing his throne as king of Judea, as the Wise Men’s prophecy stated that, “Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.”
Nowadays, people await Dec. 28 to have a good laugh, enjoy black comedy, false news, and practical jokes. Originally, the day marked the Catholic feast of the “Innocent Children,” made to mourn the innocent blood spilled on Herod’s orders.
Over time, the tragic aspect disappeared, and child-like mockery and fun began.“On this date, people usually come looking for things to use in their jokes, within reason. Some people with a knack for heavy-handed jokes would buy garlic-flavored gum or chili powder.
Originally posted on: ZENGER news