PERIOD: June 2017
PLACE: Castrillo de Murcia, Spain
If, by chance, you find yourself in a remote village in Spain, in the presence of a grotesque character in a mask, with colorful clothes, intent on jumping over children (!!) ... do not worry. You are certainly not going crazy!
Most likely you will find yourself at Castrillo de Murcia to attend the traditional El Colacho 2017; it is an event that takes place, uninterruptedly, by the 1621. Some also know it by the name of Baby Jumping Festival. A name that is all a program!
El Colacho, in reality, is none other than the Devil, here represented by a character in yellow and red clothes with a mask.
The event is organized by the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament of Minerva; it takes place during the week of Corpus Domini, reaching its climax on Sunday with El Salto del Colacho (Salto del Diavolo). The locals decorate their homes. Men in red and yellow overalls, following the path of the procession, jump over children lying on the street on mats. In his hand, a ponytail with which whips the ordinary spectators who cover them with insults! Really incredible, how absurd!
The lucky ones (!) Children lying on the street are all those born during the previous twelve months of the year. Lucky them, it would be to say to the inhabitants of the place. Probably, the origin of the tradition is to guarantee children protection against illness and evil spirits and offer a safe passage to life.
The Catholic Church, especially in recent years, has distanced itself from the ceremony, underlining how only baptism can purify the soul from original sin.
Castrillo de Murcia is located less than 40 km from Burgos, reachable by car, in just over 30 minutes. If you were to be in the area during this period, do not miss out on the flippers, bringing ... our greetings!
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