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April Fool’s Day: What does it mean and why is it celebrated on 28 December?

A day to have fun with jokes and humor among family and friends.

day of the holy innocents is celebrated every 28 December Mainly in Spain and Latin America. It is a date marked by surprises and banter among family and friends. However, very few people know that the beginning of this day was brutal.

Christian holiday reminders Killing of children under the age of two To get rid of the newborn Jesus of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem, ordered by King Herod I the Great.

Thousands of children and newborns were killed. Given his young age, he is remembered as innocent enough to be “free from sin”. And in his memory he named the date.




Panchang December 28: Day of the Innocent Saints.

Currently Poland, France, Finland, Austria, Australia, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom (and by British tradition Menorca, Portugal, the United States, Brazil, Canada and other countries) celebrate a similar holiday known as “Fool’s Day”. is called. Fool) on 1 April.

Origin of Innocent Saints Day

The day of the innocent arises from the moment in which king herod the great He ordered the slaughter of all children under the age of two born in Bethlehem. The purpose of the directive was to eliminate the Messiah and future king of Israel.

According to the Gospel of Saint Matthew, those known today as the “wise men” went to Jerusalem to receive the future Messiah. They knew that this moment had come because of a prophecy declared in the Old Testament, which stated: “When a new star appears in Israel, a new king is born who will rule all the nations.”

Painting Of The Magi And Herod.


Painting of the Magi and Herod.

Faced with this, King Herod, who was involved in his desire for power and ambition, ordered them to pass on the information when they knew where he was. Also, he ordered the extermination of all the babies born in Bethlehem.

But the Magi, guided by the star, arrived first and found the baby Jesus with the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, adored him and presented him with gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh. And they did not tell Herod where the child was.

The king, on his part, besieged the city of Bethlehem with his army, but an angel warned Saint Joseph to flee to Egypt. Thus, when Herod’s soldiers arrived, the infant Jesus had already left Bethlehem. However, the army murdered all the little “Holy Innocents” children living in the city. As a result, the emperor was covered in a deep fury, not knowing where the Messiah was.

Although experts indicate that the event occurred after the visit of the baby Jesus to the Magi, the Catholic Church celebrates it every December 28.

Santoral Of December 28: Day Of The Holy Innocents.  Painting: Massacre Of The Innocents, 1824 By The Painter François Joseph Nevez


Santoral of December 28: Day of the Holy Innocents. Painting: Massacre of the Innocents, 1824 by the painter François Joseph Nevez

Why are jokes made on April Fool’s Day?

On this date, jokes, pranks or hoaxes are usually made with reference to gullible people For the deception of the Magi towards King Herod. Furthermore, the memory of cruelty in the Middle Ages coincided with a pagan tradition known as party of foolsA day full of parties and debauchery, held mainly in France.

In some countries, the jokes are accompanied by the phrases “That innocence is worth it” or “Innocent pigeon that you make a fool of yourself, nothing should be lent on this April Fool’s Day”, because according to tradition, what What is borrowed is not returned on this day.

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