Burgos, Spain, June 15, 2007A man jumps over babies born at the Salto del Colacho fiesta Sunday in Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, in northern Spain.
El Salto del Colacho, Spanish for "the devil's jump," is said to cleanse the babies of the "original sin" of conception and protect them from illness. The babies, born in the last twelve months, are dressed in their best clothes and laid on mattresses in the streets. Men dressed as devils, often carrying whips and truncheons, jump over babies by the dozen.
The festival, which originated in 1621, occurs every year on the Sunday following Corpus Christi, a Roman Catholic holiday observed across Spain.