'Devils' leap over new-borns as baby jumping festival kicks off

Scores of people gathered in Castrillo de Murcia on Sunday to celebrate the 'El salto del Colacho' baby jumping festival during which babies are said to be absolved of their original sins by ‘devil-men’ who jump over them. The religious festival, which dates back to 1620, is part of the annual Corpus Christi celebrations. Babies born in the previous year are placed on mattresses for red and... Еще yellow-costumed devil-men, known as 'Colachos', to leap over. Once the ‘jumping’ part of the ceremony ends, a priest blesses the new-borns.

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