Baby jumping is a traditional Spanish holiday dating back to the 1620s that take place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi in Castrillo de Murcia, Sasamón, province of Burgos.
El Salto del Colacho (the devil’s jump)
Men dressed as the Devil (known as the Colacho) in red and yellow suits jump over babies born during the previous twelve months of the year who lie on mattresses in the street.
The “devils” hold whips and oversized castanets as they jump over the unaware infants. It is said to cleanse the babies of original sin, ensure them safe passage through life and guard against illness and evil spirits.
The Brotherhood of Santísimo Sacramento de Minerva organizes the week-long festivities which culminate on Sunday when the Colacho jumps over the babies on the mattresses placed on the procession route traversing the town.
Once they have been jumped over they are considered absolved of man’s original transgression, and are sprinkled with rose petals before being taken away by their parents.