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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Celebrating Innocent's Day

In some parts of the world, Dec 27, 28 or 29 is celebrated to commemorate the first martyrs of the church, the infants that were killed in Bethlehem when Herod ordered to execute all new born male infants because the Magi told him that the King of the Jews was born. 

From wikipedia,

In Spain, Hispanic America and the Philippines, December 28 is a day for pranks, equivalent to April Fool's Day in many countries. Pranks (bromas) are also known in Spain as inocentadas and their victims are called inocentes, or alternatively, the pranksters are the "inocentes" and the victims should not be angry at them, since they could not have committed any sin. One of the more famous of these traditions is the annual "Els Enfarinats" festival of Ibi in Alicante, where the inocentadas dress up in full military dress and incite a flour fight. Various Catholic countries had a tradition (no longer widely observed) of role reversal between children and their adult educators, including boy bishops, perhaps a Christianized version of the Roman annual feast of the Saturnalia (when even slaves played "masters" for a day). In some cultures it is said to be an unlucky day, when no new project should be started.




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