Baby jumping

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Baby jumping (Spanish: El Colacho) is a traditional Spanish festival dating back to 1620. It takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi in Castrillo de Murcia, a village in the municipality of Sasamón in the province of Burgos.[1][2] It appeared in the British newspaper The Guardian as one of the strangest holidays.[citation needed]


During the act, known as El Salto del Colacho (the devil jump) or simply El Colacho, men dressed as the Devil (known as the Colacho) in red and yellow suits jump over babies born during the previous twelve months of the year who lie on mattresses in the street. The "devils" hold whips and oversized castanets as they jump over the infant children.

The Brotherhood of Santísimo Sacramento de Minerva organizes the week-long festivities which culminate on Sunday when the Colacho jumps over the babies on the mattresses placed on the procession route traversing the town.[3]

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  1. ^ "BBC NEWS - Europe - Spanish village holds baby jump".
  2. ^ "Odd Truth".
  3. ^ "The Baby-Jumping Colacho Festival | Castrillo de Murcia, Spain | Whatsonwhen". Archived from the original on 29 May 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2008.