Friday, December 28, 2012

Dia de los Santos Inocentes – Day of the Holy Innocents

In Spain, December 28th is a day of practical jokes, similar to what we in the UK/USA celebrate on April Fool’s Day. Dia de los Santos Inocentes – Day of the Holy Innocents is a religious holiday named in honor of the young children who were slaughtered by order of King Herod around the time of Jesus’ birth.

Messi turns down whopping £460,000-a-WEEK deal after Anzhi trigger his £205m Barcelona release clause.

The club, thought to be Anzhi Makhachkala, then offered a blockbusting £460,000-a-week deal to the Argentine superstar, a massive £24m a year after tax, according to The Sun.

Barcelona were obliged to accept the massive offer but a gobsmacked Messi quickly rejected the move after discussions with Barca president Sandro Rosell and his family.

Today most Spanish children play simple pranks like putting salt in the sugar bowl or sticking paper cut-outs on people's backs. These little practical jokes are called Inocentadas. However, unusual celebrations stemming from ancient traditions continue to be held, such as the “Flour Battle” that takes place in the streets of Ibi, Valencia and the “Crazy People’s Dance” in Jalance, also in Valencia.

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