28th of December, “El día de los inocentes”
It has its equivalent in the 1st of April, also called “Aprils Fools’ Day”. In Spain it is celebrated every 28th of December, under the name of “The Innocent’s day”. Following the tradition of the April’s version, this day is full of the jokes that everybody, without exception, likes to do and dislike to receive.
If you visit Madrid or Barcelona this day, you can “play” the game of searching jokes (in Spanish, “inocentadas”). The mass media such as TV, newspapers, radio, etc. use to join the population in this celebration, and publish crazy news, some of which achieve convincing the most innocent audiences.
The graphic symbol of the day is a “llufa”, a human figure made with paper, originally newspaper’s paper. Traditionally, some of the jokes consisted in hanging this figure on the back of the people, trying them not to realize it. Although nowadays this is not so frequent, the symbol remains as a representative of this day.
The origin of the 28th of December, Innocent’s Day, can be explained by the Bible. When baby Jesus was born, the king Herod, scared and jealous of the power the child was supposed to gain (actually, the little one was who would replace him as a king), ordered all the 2 years old children of the territory to be killed. What Herod didn’t know by then, was that Jesus and his parents had already left Egypt, so he had been tricked.
Since then, this day is celebrated as a funny event, even though most of the people aren’t aware of the sad incident that inspired the tradition.
If you are having holidays in Barcelona or Spain at the end of December, be prepared to receive an unexpected joke on the 28th of December. Probably, after some minutes, who is tricking you will start shouting “Inocente, inocente” (Innocent, Innocent), which is what people say to reveal the joke.
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