BURGOS, SPAIN – China isn’t the only country facing international criticism over traditional events as Spain also join the list over a local festival, “El Colacho” (Baby Jumping Festival).
According to the reports published in European media outlets, there can’t be such parents who can allow their babies to take part in such a festival but some are clearly willing to take the risk if this is an old tradition.
The “El Colacho” festival (in Spanish language), a 400-year-old tradition celebrated in the northern Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, in which men dressed up as the ‘devil’ jump over one-year-old babies to rid them of any evil spirits or sins.
This year, the El Colacho men jumped over 100 babies when the festival was held and around 3,000 people gathered to observe the festivities.
According to the tradition, parents put their babies on a mattress at the central square of the small village. Then a man is dresses in a cheerful yellow costume meant to symbolise the devil.
The festival is said to be linked to the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi.
The village is said to have a population of only 500 people, but thousands gather there for the ‘Baby Jumping Festival’.
Over the centuries there have been no reports of injuries among the babies, but the festival is still considered to be one of the riskiest in the world and is widely criticized.
The former Pope of the Roman Catholic Church Benedict XVI had urged Spanish priests to stay away from the festival.
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