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Today is the "Day of the Innocents" in Panama - Like April Fool's Day...

History & ReferenceBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Did you fall for it? Today - 28 December - is known locally as the "Día de los Santos Inocentes" (the Day of the Innocent Saints). The Massacre of the Innocents is an episode of infanticide by the king of Iudaea Province, Herod the Great. According to the Gospel of Matthew Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the village of Bethlehem, so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi. In Panama and most of Latin America this day is a sort of equivalent to our April Fool's Day - during which pranks and jokes are played to fool the "innocents." So this is a Christian day of celebration of the Massacre of the Innocents. The Christian celebration is a holiday in its own right, a religious one, but the tradition of pranks is not, though the latter is observed yearly. All of the Panamanian news outlets have been running their jokes - in the Panama America newspaper there's an article about how supposedly Justin Bieber and Selena Gómez are in Panama to celebrate the New Year, and yesterday they were seen walking through a shopping mall. Then at the end of the article appears "¡Feliz Día de los Santos Inocentes!"

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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