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EL COLACHO-THE BABY JUMPING FESTIVAL FROM SPAIN!

You would be forgiven for being curious about the title of this article because even though Spain boasts some of the most unusual and bizarre festivals compared to the rest of the world, throwing tomatoes over each other as they do in Valencia or being chased down the street by a herd of bulls in Pamplona does not come close to the excitement aroused by the Baby Jumping Festival held each year in Castrillo de Murcia near Burgos.




   Baby jumping (El Colacho) is a traditional Spanish practice dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi in the village of Castrillo de Murcia near Burgos. 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 over babies born during the previous twelve months of the year who lie on mattresses in the street.




   Anyone who has a newborn addition to their family can bring their baby along to this festival. The festiva…