This tradition dating back to 1620 takes place every year on the feast of Corpus Christi usually in May or June depending on when Easter falls in the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia. The tradition is called ‘The Devil’s Jump’ (El Salto del Colacho). Locals dress in Devil’s costumes literally jump over all the local babies that have been born in the previous 12 months. No one knows how the tradition began but the ritual is thought to cleanse the babies from original sin and guard against evil spirits throughout their life.
The festival is organised by The Brotherhood of Santísimo Sacramento de Minerva , and lasts for one week. The grand finale is the on the Sunday when the Baby Jumping occurs. The babies are place on the mattresses on a route through the town usually in pairs. More recently Pope Benedict asked that local priests and clergy do not involve themselves from the practice. The Church preaches that water is the appropriate medium for baptism and cleansing of original sin, not running and jumping.