Jumping over babies in odd cleansing ritual
Man in yellow jumpsuit leaps over tiny babies in curious annual festival.
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The annual religious festival of El Colacho in a Spanish village is an unusual one- it’s also known as “the baby-jumping festival”- so-called as a man dressed in a yellow and red jumpsuit leaps over babies that have been placed in the streets
for this purpose. According to locals, this action helps to ward off evil from the babies.
El Colacho is a small part of the Feast of Corpus Christi, but it attracts a mass of tourists to the village of Castrillo de Murcia which normally has a population of around 500, according to Huffington Post
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Parents reportedly rush with their infants to the village- some are said to come directly from the hospitals where they were born. There are far more “tourist babies” than local ones laid out on mattresses throughout the village.
Locals have said that the only injuries
during the festival have been pulled hamstrings among the jumpers, and that the babies have always been safe from harm. The Pope allegedly recommended that Spanish priests distance themselves from being associated to the festival.Would you allow your baby to participate in this festival?