At El Colacho, It's All About Jumping Over Babies

Article by: Emily Ward|@_drawylime

Fri June 16, 2017 | 12:30 PM

Vault over your newborns, rid them of original sin. That's what the Bible says about baptism, right? At El Colacho this weekend in Castrillo de Murcia, Spain, don't expect to find water anywhere near this boisterous baptismal celebration.

Since 1620, the town's locals congregate each summer to "baptize" their young in a most untraditional way. Attending babies are swaddled and laid down on the ground in two rows of ten or more. Men clad in yellow and red jumpsuits get a running start, and leap over the rows in one fell swoop. The idea is that by soaring directly over them, these yellow and red "devils" will purge the babies of original sin.

Religious officials in Spain aren't so keen on the practice, and have asked hosts The Brotherhood of Santísimo Sacramento de Minerva to stop the event. Still, it's a culturally significant event in Castrillo de Murcia and the Brotherhood carries on.