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Castrillo celebrates Baby-Jumping Colacho Festival
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ThinkSpain  , Monday, June 14, 2004

The village of Castrillo de Murcia (Burgos) held its traditional Baby-Jumping Festival at the weekend as part of its Corpus Christi celebrations.

Since the 17th century, on the Sunday of Corpus Christi, "El Colacho," a personification of diabolical evil, has been jumping over babies born in the village during the previous twelve months thus cleansing their souls of evil.

Throughout the festival, members of the Santísimo Sacramento de Minerva Brotherhood, which is responsible for organising the festival, dress up as devils and harrass party-goers, sometimes wielding whips or truncheons. 

 
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