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Baby Jumping Festival near Burgos

Mercury

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From the BBC News Website ..........

Spanish village holds baby jump

The jumpers were leaping over five or six infants at a time
Grown men have been leaping over rows of babies in the north Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia in an annual rite meant to ward off the Devil.

Jumpers dressed as the Colacho, a character representing the Devil, bounded over clusters of bemused infants laid out on mattresses.

Nobody appeared to get hurt in this year's festive event.

Castrillo, near Burgos, has been holding the event since 1620 to mark the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi.

The feast is widely celebrated in Spain, often with processions and mystery plays.

Pageants can feature dancers depicting demons and angels or other characters.

Castrillo de Murcia looks like it is just off the Camino. I think it is 4 or 5km north of Hontanas. Has anyone seen or heard of this festival?

Mercury
 

Bridget and Peter

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Mercury said:
Nobody appeared to get hurt in this year's festive event.

but last year ... ?

... one of the babies distracted Signor Colacho who landed awkwardly and twisted his ankle?

... three spectators were overcome by the drama and fainted?

... one of the babies didn't have scratch mitts on and scratched her face?

hopefully not
.. the heaviest but least athletic jumper misjudged his skill and lined up one more baby than he could manage.
 

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