The Day of The Holy Innocents

Check the following words/expressions found in today’s text

innocent/ˈɪnəs(ə)nt/ (adj)  not very experienced concerning life and the bad things that people do so that you tend to trust people too much

Example: Innocent children.

entertaining /ˌentə(r)ˈteɪnɪŋ/ (adj) enjoyable or fun to do

Example: The film was very entertaining.

itch / ɪtʃ/ (verb)if your skin itches, you have an unpleasant feeling that makes you want to scratch it (=rub your skin with your nails)   

Example: This jumper is itchy.

outrageous /aʊtˈreɪdʒəs/ (adj) extremely unusual and likely to shock people or make them laugh

Example: the government introduced a new initiative to reduce crime


The Day of The Holy Innocents

Today, the 28th of December is one of the most popular and entertaining Christmas traditions in Spain.  It’s the day when people play jokes of each other.  Christmas markets often sell joke items such as wigs, itching powder and false ink.  One popular trick is to cut a figure of white paper and stick in on people’s backs without them noticing.

The origin of this tradition is thought to have come from the Bible concerning King Herod and the innocents, however over the years it has changed into a lively and noisy day.  Even the media has become involved reporting on outrageous and invented stories.

In the UK we have a similar day, but it is marked on the 1st of April – April Fool’s Day


Talking point

Discuss or write your thoughts on the topics

  • Are they any traditions at this time of year in your country?  Expand

  • Do you have a similar day in your culture?  When is it?  What are some popular jokes?

  • Have you ever played a joke on someone? What was it?  How did they react?

  • Has anyone ever played a joke on you?  What was it? How did you feel?

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