Feast of the Holy Innocents or Childermas in Spain and Latin American countries
Feast of the Holy Innocents or Childermas in Spain and Latin American countries is held on December 28. And Els Enfarinats in Ibi, Spain. Christian feast day - the festival is celebrated with pranks, similar to April Fools' Day. This event in the third decade of the month December is annual. Help us
The Day of the Holy Innocents is the commemoration of a hagiographic episode of Christianity: the slaughter of children under two years of age born in Bethlehem (Judea), ordered by King Herod I the Great in order to get rid of the newborn Jesus of Nazareth.
The Catholic Church remembers this event on December 29, although according to the Gospel of Matthew, the slaughter must have happened after the visit of the Magi from the East to King Herod I the Great (one or two days after January 6), although the date of the Magi's adoration of Jesus does not have an exact date given in the scriptures.
All over Spain the Day of the Holy Innocents is celebrated, a day dedicated to pranks and that since 1995 ends with the Gala Inocente, Inocente, a charity gala to raise funds for different organizations dedicated to treat children's problems.
In the town of Ibi, Alicante, on December 28, 1718, some very peculiar events take place in relation to this festivity and one of the most characteristic of the province of Alicante: the Día dels Enfarinats or Fiesta de los enharinados (Day of the Enfarinats). It is a fun celebration that represents the confrontation between the public power and the opposition, through a battle of flour in a carnival and satirical atmosphere.
The Day of the Holy Innocents can also be experienced in a special way in the Valencian town of Jalance. In this municipality of the Ayora-Cofrentes Valley, the Festival of the Fools is celebrated on December 28. It is a festival dating from the early seventeenth century with a strong pagan symbolism.
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