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Baby Jumping Festival

Type the term, “baby jumping” into youtube and you’ll get a pleasant, inevitable mix of toddlers bouncing in harnesses or toppling into swimming pools. It’s all pretty tame stuff until you get to an entry about half way down the first page where things take a bit of a turn to the dark side.

It’s there you’ll find a video from Lonely Planet photographer, Dominic Bonuccelli that takes a closer look at the Spanish festival of El Colacho, known in English as the Baby Jumping Festival.

Held in the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia near Burgos since 1620, the seven day Corpus Christi festivities culminate on the Sunday when a colourfully costumed colacho (devil) bounds over a bunch of newborn babies.

The story goes that by jumping the infants, who were all born in the preceding 12 months, el colacho is cleansing them of original sin – which he sort of sucks up like a hoover I’m guessing.

No children were injured in the making of this video, however the devil suffered a rolled ankle.

Cartwright P. Moocjheenie
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