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.
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. 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.
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.
Day of the Holy Innocents Observances
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Quick FactsThe Catholic Church in Mexico observes the Day of the Holy Innocents in memory of when male babies in Bethlehem were executed by Herod’s orders.
Day of the Holy Innocents 2016Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Day of the Holy Innocents 2017Thursday, December 28, 2017
Name in other languages
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|Los Santos Inocentes||Spanish|
|Die heiligen Unschuldigen||German|
Other holidays in December 2016 in Mexico
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Thursday, December 8, 2016
- Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Monday, December 12, 2016
- Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24, 2016
- Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016
- New Year's Eve – Saturday, December 31, 2016