Today, December 28th is your opportunity to pull practical jokes on others in most Spanish speaking countries. It’s Día de los Santos Inocentes and it’s a bit like April 1st (April Fool’s Day) in the United States. Schoolchildren often borrow pencils or books from others, and then recite the refrain Inocente palomita que te dejaste engañar, sabiendo que en este día en nadie se puede confiar, not returning the borrowed item. It’s also a time for any kind of practical joke.
This custom is based on King Herod, who ordered all male children under three (the santos inocentes) in Bethlehem to be killed, hoping to avert being dethroned by Jesus who had been born a short time before.
So here’s your chance to pull a practical joke on someone, then call them an inocente palomita.