Men jump over babies and whip locals in bizarre yet entertaining Spanish festival

Spain's baby jumping festival has taken place in the small village of Castrillo de Murcia in the country's north.

Every June, men dressed as devils leap over newborn babies to drive away evil, part of the El Salto del Colacho festival, or El Colacho.

Footage filmed on Sunday shows men in traditional costumes hurdling numerous babies lying on mattresses while crowds watch on.

The tradition has been ongoing since 1620 and some Catholics believe the devils drive away evil. It is said that the Pope has distanced himself from this rather dangerous-looking religious festival.

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