El Dia de los Santos Inocentes (El Dia de los Santos Inocentes)

December 28th is a religious holiday in Spanish-speaking countries, originating from the “Santos Inocentes”, the bible account of the killing of innocent children by King Herod around the time of the birth of Jesus.

Today, the festival is more for young children – practical jokes (inocentadas) and silly stories, much like April Fool’s Day in Britain. These pranks are usually innocent and funny, like sticking stickers on people’s clothes without them knowing – and the newspapers sometimes take advantage of this day to invent news, so watch out for what you read !

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