When they’re not making slanty eyes for photographers, they’re laying (lying?) infants in the street to be hurtled in the name of Christ. Yes, it’s El Colacho, a tradition dating back to 1620 started to celebrate the beginning of the Catholic feast in the village of Castrillo de Murcia. Blockquote, por favor?
The festival has been rated as one of the most dangerous in the world. The origins of the tradition are unknown but it is said to cleanse the babies of original sin, ensure them safe passage through life and guard against illness and evil spirits. Pope Benedict has asked priests in Spain to distance themselves from the El Colacho, or Baby Jumping Festival, after a recent tragic accident where babies were endangered and a 92 year old man was killed.
Wow, I never would have guessed that the old man would have died. That said, jumping over a baby is not that hard. I’ve successfully jumped over 99 babies out of 100 attempts. Of course, everyone wants to keep bringing up that one mistake. That’s just the kind of society we live in.