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Spanish celebrate feast of Corpus Christi with baby jumping

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A man dressed up as the devil jumps over babies lying on a mattress in the street during 'El Colacho', the 'baby jumping festival' on June 26, in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, Spain. Baby jumping is a traditional Spanish practice dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi. During the act - known as El Salto del Colacho (the devil's jump) or simply "El Colacho" men dressed as the Devil (known as the Colacho) jump the babies to take the evil from those born the last twelve months of the year as they lie on mattresses in the street.

Apparently several mattresses line a street for the Colacho to jump. I think if I were to let my child take part in this, I'd want him on the first mattress to make sure the Colacho wasn't too tired to clear the hurdle!