The Day of the Innocents is a holiday celebrated shortly after Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, and it is a day to honor the innocent children, all younger than 3 years of age, killed by the biblical King Herod, who slaughtered these children in an attempt to prevent Christ from taking his throne.
In Mexico this day is celebrated as a day for pranks and mischief, a holiday similar to April Fools’ Day. People play practical jokes on one another. When a person falls for a prank, the prankster will exclaim, “Inocente palomita!” This translates literally to “innocent little dove,” a way to tease the victim for their naivete. It is also expected that when someone lends money to another person, there is no obligation for repayment, so one must be wise with their generosity.
Businesses and News companies often get involved in the fun by reporting false stories which are revealed to fake at a later time.