On the 28th of December, the Spanish and Latin-American communities celebrate Dia dels Sants Innocents. The name lets on that it is a very religious holiday while it actually is something like our April Fools, April fish or Day of the Folls that other parts of Europe celebrate on the first of April. It’s about doing innocent harm to your family or friends. Earlier on they used to cut out a silhouette out of spinach, skins of rabbits, cabbage etc. Nowadays children often use paper cutouts or textile. If done correctly, you have to let the cutout stick on someone for as long as possible without them noticing. Another type of joke that is often used that day is to tell something that didn’t happen or is untrue and make someone else believe it. The crazier the story, the better of course. The media also make up one story that day, incorporate it into their daily news broadcasting or postings and release it as something usual. If people don’t see through your white lie, you have to tell them the next day and the innocent ones reveal themselves.
It is celebrated the 28th of December as the church remembers the day where children were handed over to Heron. These are the innocent souls that the day is named after. The reason why people make up stories is because parents used to tell lies to protect their children or other loved-ones from death. There is another story about Herod where he demanded that all children below 2 years old were killed to get rid of Jezus. On the other hand, part of it’s history even goes back to the days of the Romans where the slaves had more free time during this day and often joked around with each other. As you can see, modern media has turned the day into something light and funny, but it has a more macabre history than many of us realise.