About The Day of the Innocents
In Spain and Latin America it is customary to make jokes of all kinds on this date. The media make jokes or misrepresent their content in such a way that the information seems real. It is a freedom given by media agents to give free rein to their sense of humour, an opportunity they only have once a year. It is tradition that newspapers publish entire pages of comic news, with the warning that it is Fools' Day, ranging from those that are an obvious mockery to any recent event, to those that seem serious and deceive the unsuspecting reader.
The Day of the Innocents observes the day when, according to the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible, King Herod ordered the baby boys under two years old in Bethlehem to be killed because he was afraid that the baby Jesus born there would become a rival. As it turned out, though, the baby Jesus had been taken away to Egypt by Mary and Joseph. So the "joke" was on Herod, and thus followed the tradition of tricking friends on that day.
Though this is is a sad story, according to tradition the babies went to heaven as the first Christian martyrs.)