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Baby Jumping Festival

Wait, What Jumping Festival?

ts-baby-jumpingYesterday marked the end of the annual Colacho Baby Jumping Festival in Castrillo de Murcia in Spain.

Since 1620 Castrillo de Murcia has celebrated the Catholic festival f Corpus Christi by taking part in an event that is known as El Colacho, or baby jumping.  The tradition has been ongoing since the 1620s.  In the event, grown men dressed as the Devil jump over babies born in the prior year.  The babies lie on mattresses in the street.  Check out some pictures of last year’s event here.

Not one to be xenophobic and question the rituals of other cultures, but maybe those babies should be wearing full body armor?  Getting a bunch of guys drunk on Spanish wine and having them jump over babies doesn’t sound exactly safe.


June 16, 2009 - Posted by | News You May or May Not Use, What the Crap!? | , ,


  1. I would say that it is ill-advised to say the least.

    Comment by oilybohunk7 | June 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. This is also the same country that runs with bulls. Clearly they aren’t playing with a full deck from the time they are born.

    Comment by blah | June 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. My Spanish friend said this only happens in one village and is shunned by most of Spain. Still, that is one village too much.

    Comment by TT2 | June 16, 2009 | Reply

  4. Well, I guess it’s better than making the babies jump and see which one goes farthest, right?

    Comment by Cristal Methodd | June 16, 2009 | Reply

  5. At least it’s not baby tossing.

    Comment by TheHobo | June 16, 2009 | Reply

  6. …or baby eating.

    Comment by Cristal Methodd | June 17, 2009 | Reply

  7. Kyle Cease joke! Kyle Cease baby eating joke!

    (I can’t retell it so I thought if I excitedly referenced it, it would be sufficient.)

    Comment by baby fish mouth | June 17, 2009 | Reply

  8. It takes a village to jump a child.

    Wait. Why are you looking at me like that?

    Comment by SeaKat | June 17, 2009 | Reply

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