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Through the fire: Festival honors Saint Anthony, patron saint of animals

We've posted images from this annual event before on Photoblog. Here's a sampling from this year. What a ride.

Andrea Comas / Reuters

A man rides his horse through flames during the "Luminarias" annual religious celebration on the eve of Saint Anthony's Day in the village of San Bartolome de los Pinares, about 62 miles northwest of Madrid, Jan. 16. According to tradition, people from the area ride their horses through the fire to purify the animals. Saint Anthony is the patron saint of animals.

Andrea Comas / Reuters

A man tries to ride his horse through flames during the "Luminarias" annual religious celebration on the eve of Saint Anthony's Day in the village of San Bartolome de los Pinares, about 62 miles northwest of Madrid Jan. 16.

Arturo Rodriguez / AP

A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, on Sunday, Jan. 16, during a traditional festival in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals.

Arturo Rodriguez / AP

A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, on Sunday, Jan. 16, during a traditional festival in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals.

Arturo Rodriguez / AP

A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, on Sunday, Jan. 16, during a traditional festival in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals.