Editor's note -- Apparently, The Holy Roman Empire asked the village of Castrillo de Murcia to think up the dumbest idea it could as an alternative to baptism on June 26, 1620.
|Israel Lopez / AP|
A man dressed up as the devil jumps over babies lying on a mattress in the street during 'El Colacho', the 'baby jumping festival' on June 26, in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, Spain. Baby jumping is a traditional Spanish practice dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi.
During the act - known as El Salto del Colacho (the devil's jump) or simply "El Colacho" men dressed as the Devil (known as the Colacho) jump the babies to take the evil from those born the last twelve months of the year as they lie on mattresses in the street.
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