What so special about the Day of the Holy Innocents in Mexico?


The Day of the Holy Innocents (Día de los Santos Inocentes), on December 28, remembers the biblical story of King Herod’s orders to execute male babies in Bethlehem in order to kill baby Jesus.

Is Day of the Holy Innocents a Public Holiday? Day of the Holy Innocents is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours. The Day of the Holy Innocents is a religious observance and not a statutory federal holiday in Mexico.

About the Day of Holy Innocents

According to the Christian bible, King Herod ordered for all boys in Bethlehem who were two years old and under to be executed in an attempt to kill Jesus. However, an angel warned Jesus’ parents and they fled to safety in Egypt. Some believe that the children who were killed were the first Christian martyrs. Today, the Feast of the Holy Innocents is celebrated in churches worldwide.

Celebrate the Day of Holy Innocents

Mexicans play jokes and pranks to trick friends and family members on December 28, which is similar to April Fool’s Day for Americans.

Graceful flying white pigeon, dove in the blue sky Credit: AnnaPa – Fotolia
Copyright: AnnaPa – Fotolia

The media also get involved by reporting news that is too ridiculous or funny to be true, all in good fun. Some Mexicans visit cemeteries with offerings to souls of departed children, in line with a pre-Hispanic tradition.

With the passage of time, the word “innocent” has been taken as “naive”, so it is customary to make some kind of joke based on deception on some subject in order to “fool” someone using the phrase “Innocent little dove that you let yourself be fooled” (Inocente palomita que te dejaste engañar), making evident that everything has been a joke. 

Source: El Heraldo de México

Mexico Daily Post