FAQ. Do they have April Fools Day in Spain on 1st April?

Do they have April Fools Day in Spain on 1st April? And what is 'Día de los Santos Inocentes' on 28th December?

No. Spain does not celebrate April fools day. April Fools is not a tradition in Spain at all.

There is a similar day on 28th December in Spain, Latin America and the Philippines called 'Día de los Santos Inocentes' or 'Holy Innocents.' When you have played a joke or prank on someone then you say 'inocente, inocente!' means means innocent or simple person.

The pranks are called 'bromas' or 'inocentadas.' 

The Day of the Innocents has a dark history from the Gospel of Matthew and the 'Massacre of the Innocents' by Herod the Great, the Roman-appointed King of the Jews.

Herod ordered all infants under 2 years old in Bethlehem to be killed because he was afraid that the baby Jesus was the newborn King of the Jews as had been foreseen.

The infant Jesus turned out to be in Egypt with Mary and Joseph so Herod had been tricked. This day became a day to trick your friends. and thus followed the tradition of tricking friends on that day.

1st April is anniversary of end of Spanish Civil War by the way.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2022 18:50

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