27 December 2009

Don't be fooled!

December 28th is the the Mexican equivalent of "April Fools Day" as well as the Feast of the Holy Innocents which is the day that memorializes the death of the little boy babies who were slain by King Herod in an attempt to assassinate the Christ Child. This event is described in the Gospel of Matthew in Mathew 2:13-16. It talks about King Herod ordering the execution of all young male children under the age of two in the village of Bethlehem, after the Magi or “Three Kings” announced to Herod the impending birth of the "King of the Jews." The Magi were supposed to return to Herod and tell him where they found this newborn king so that supposedly Herod could also go and worship Him. However , God warned the Magi in a dream and they tricked Herod and did not return home by way of Jerusalem. That is when an Angel warned Saint Joseph that King Herod was looking for the them and he took Mary and the little baby Jesus and fled into Egypt to avoid Herod's clutches.

On this day in Mexico and many other Spanish speaking countries people pull practical jokes on each other. It is equivalent to the U.S. version of April Fools Day. You must not believe anything that other people say, nor let them borrow any amount of money. The tradition is that money borrowed on this day doesn't have to be repaid. If you fall victim of the joke, the person pulling the joke will say, “Inocente palomita que te dejaste engañar” or “Innocent little dove how you've let yourself be fooled”. This is just the short version. The full verse goes:

“Inocente Palomita
Que te dejaste engañar
Sabiendo que en este día
Nada se debe prestar.”

Innocent little dove
How you've let yourself be fooled
Knowing that on this day
You should lend nothing.

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5 comments:

Gloria said...

Ah, food for thought as usual. I will not lend out anything. Have a great week Bob, seeya!

Don Cuevas said...

I don't believe this.
Can't fool me.

HA!

Saludos,
Don Cuevas

YayaOrchid said...

Interesting! I imagine a lot of fun is had by all. I'm glad you shared this with us, cause I didn't know about it.

Nancy said...

Every year the newspaper here prints its front section upside down and backwards with made up news. Its real name is Noroeste and the fake side of the paper is headlined Noeseste. Ha Ha Ha

1st Mate said...

I always thought that story about Herod and the babies was one of the saddest in the Bible.

I DID lend somebody 400 pesos this week, but can't remember if it was the 28th! Darn!

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