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Bizarre Festival - Baby Jump

El Colacho: the Baby Jumping Festival

Spain boasts some of the most unusual and bizarre festivals compared to the rest of the world; for example, throwing tomatoes over each other as they do in Valencia or being chased down the street by a herd of bulls in Pamplona. However, it does not come close to the excitement aroused by the Baby Jumping Festival held each year in Castillo de Murcia near Burgos.

Anyone who has a newborn addition to their family can bring their baby along to this festival known as the El Colacho which has taken place on an annual basis since way back in the 1620's. The festival itself is part of the celebrations held all over Spain for the Catholic festival of Corpus Christi and whilst at this particular time many other cities and towns have spectacular processions and a variety of other popular means of revelling and enjoying themselves, there is only one Baby Jumping Festival.

The babies are laid on mattresses in the street in swaddling clothes and grown men, yes! adult males, dressed as devils (known as the Colacho) jump over the infants and this is supposed to cleanse them of all evil doings. The question of who is protecting the babies from the example being set by the adults begs to be asked but who are we to doubt this traditional combination of religion and Spanish folklore which proves to be great fun, if not a little scary, to watch.

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The event’s origins are vague, but the celebration is an example of the mix of traditional Spanish folklore and religion, and great fun to watch!

The celebrations continue for a few days but the most important day is the Sunday following Corpus Christi. The shadowy brotherhood of Santísimo Sacramento de Minerva - the people responsible for organising the celebrations - also chase and terrorise anybody and everybody in the town at regular intervals throughout the day. Happening in May annually. Pope Benedict XVI has recently asked the local priests to distance themselves from the festival as it is dangerous and contrary to the Catholic religion.

 


http://www.spanish-fiestas.com/spanish-festivals/baby-jumping.htm

http://coolthingsinrandomplaces.com/the-baby-jumping-colacho-festival/



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