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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.

Baby Jesus and his parents, Mary and Joseph
Jesus and his parents, Mary and Joseph.
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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.

Public Life

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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
TueDec 282010Day of the Holy InnocentsObservance
WedDec 282011Day of the Holy InnocentsObservance
FriDec 282012Day of the Holy InnocentsObservance
SatDec 282013Day of the Holy InnocentsObservance
SunDec 282014Day of the Holy InnocentsObservance
MonDec 282015Day of the Holy InnocentsObservance
WedDec 282016Day of the Holy InnocentsObservance
ThuDec 282017Day of the Holy InnocentsObservance
FriDec 282018Day of the Holy InnocentsObservance
SatDec 282019Day of the Holy InnocentsObservance
MonDec 282020Day of the Holy InnocentsObservance

Quick Facts

The 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 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Day of the Holy Innocents 2017

Thursday, December 28, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Day of the Holy InnocentsEnglish
Los Santos InocentesSpanish
Die heiligen UnschuldigenGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in December 2016 in Mexico

Fun Holiday on December 28, 2016

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