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Weird Wide Web - The Baby-Jumping Festival

───   15:10 Mon, 20 Jun 2022

Weird Wide Web - The Baby-Jumping Festival | News Article
Photo: The Guardian

A Spanish village is preparing for one of its most unusual celebrations of the year: El Salto del Colacho, also known internationally as the "Baby-Jumping Festival."

Yep, in Spain, residents of Castrillo de Murcia have an annual festive celebration where men jump over babies! Explained on upi, The celebration of El Colacho, a local mythical figure representing the devil, involves men dressed in red and yellow Colacho costumes running through the streets of the village, Castrillo de Murcia, causing mischief with whips and castanets and culminates with the baby-jumping event -- El Salto del Colacho, or "The Flight of the Colacho" -- on the Sunday after the Feast of Corpus Christi, which falls on June 19 this year.

Residents of the village, as well as an ever-increasing number of visitors from elsewhere in Spain and around the world, place babies born during the past 12 months on a succession of mattresses set up on a village street.

A group of black-clad, drum-beating pious men known as Atabalero arrive on the scene to chase El Colacho, who flees by jumping over the mattress-bound babies. The babies are then sprinkled with rose petals and returned to their parents, who are usually found sitting next to the mattresses to keep the infants calm.

Locals said there are no records of babies having ever been harmed during the jumping portion of the festival, although some men portraying El Colacho have suffered pulled hamstrings as a consequence of all the jumping.

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The act of jumping over the babies is said to cleanse them of original sin and offer protection against disease and other misfortunes. El Colacho also absorbs any evil spirits that were inhabiting the babies, and a parade directly following the baby-jumping herds the Colacho performers to the local church so they and the spirits they absorbed can be symbolically destroyed -- the actors themselves are not harmed. Read more on this article here and for more about Castrillo de Murcia, follow this link.



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