In Spain the Christmas festivities last from December 24 to January 6, which is Three Kings Day, when many Spanish children receive their gifts from the Three Wise Men. While these days are merry occasions, they are still rather serious. December 28th is the notable exception – Holy Innocents’ Day (El Día de los Inocentes). This is Spain’s equivalent to April Fools Day.
Beware of jokes and tricksters. Common tricks on December 28 include replacing the contents of sugar bowls with salt, changing the hours of the clocks, sticking a paper figure on someone else’s back, and the printing of deliberately untrue stories in the press (which are later corrected).
You can get in on the fun yourself! Joke items are sold in Plaza de la Santa Cruz, which is near the Plaza Mayor’s Christmas market.