Dec. 28: Day of the Innocents – Joke’s on you!

December 28th commemorates the day Herod sent out his troops to slaughter all male children under two years old in hopes of catching and killing the newborn King the Magi told him had been born in Bethlehem. But despite its bloody historical basis, it’s a day of fun and jokes—Jesus did escape, after all.
Mexicans play elaborate practical jokes on each other today. If you fall for one, you’ll hear the cry of “Inocente! Inocente!”—roughly equivalent to being called an April Fool in the U.S. The perennial popular Christmas carol, The Coventry Carol, refers to the Massacre of the Innocents.  Written in the 1500’s the lyrics of this carol represent a mother’s lament for her doomed child and is traditionally sung a cappella.
Joseph Toone
by Joseph Toone TripAdvisor’s top tour guide in San Miguel de Allende with History and Culture Walking Tours and Joseph Toone Tours. Amazon’s best selling author of the San Miguel de Allende’s Secrets book series  on history, holidays, tours and living in San Miguel.