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Top 5 Bizarre and Weirdest Festivals in Spanish-speaking Countries

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International
Poncho Day

First celebrated in May, 2008
Takes place in a small town called Nobsa, Colombia
Designed to promote local artisans' hand-made crafts
It is celebrated by wearing ponchos around the town
In 2008, Colombia set a world record for making the world's largest poncho
The whole town spent two long months to display the largest poncho ever made
Over 1,500 pound of wool were used t create this enormous poncho.
It was displayed and draped around the town's cathedral.
El Colacho
(Baby Jumping)

Originated in 1620, takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi in the village of Castrillo de Mucia near Burgos
Belief of this tradition is said to cleanse the babies of original sin, ensure them safe passage through life and guard against illness and evil spirits
This El Colacho tradition creates issues and conflicts between the church
Originally known as El Salto del Colacho, men dressed as devils jump over babies who lie on mattresses in the street
Spanish priests are exposing baptism by water cleanses the original sin
Goat Throwing Festival
Top 5 most bizarre and weirdest
Celebrations in Spanish
Speaking countries

Huamantla Bull Run
Similar to the "Running of the Bulls" that takes place in Spain.
Is celebrated on the first Saturday following August 15th.
It involves pitting the participants on the paths of the bulls.
Takes place in Huamantla Mexico, but other festivals similar to this one are celebrated in other parts of Mexico too.
There are a couple of Controversies regarding this festival
Dozens are injured every year, and sometimes a death or two
Animal rights activists also raise the issue of animal cruelty in regards to the bulls.
Las Bolas De Fuego "The Fireball Festival"
The festival is celebrated each year on August 31 in the town of Nejapa, El salvador.
Festival is to commemorate the eruption of a volcano in 1922 that destroyed a town.
Religiously the people believe that the eruption was caused between a saint and a devil.
Saint Jeronimo fought the devil by driving him away with fireballs.
The whole festival is a Double Entrende, both commemorating the eruption of the volcano, and celebrating the religious battle.
The battle is compromised of two teams of men with their faces covered in war paint, and throw balls of fire at each other.
These flaming fireballs are made from old clothes or cloth, are filled with iron, and are immersed in gasoline for a year, to ensure an easy light.
Despite the safety issues no major injuries hav been reported.
Celebrated on the fourth Sunday of February in Manganese de la Polvorosa province of Zamora, Spain.
The people on the bottom would then proceed to catch the goat with a canvas sheet.
Animal rights groups however demanded an end to the festival, due to animal cruelty
The festival was banned in 2002, but then later reinstated in 2014, where a goat was thrown in the festival
A group of young men would throw a live goat from the top of the church.
Some speculate that the festival is based on Saint Vincent's goat, which ended up at the church bell. When it rang, the goat jumped, and luckily there were some townsfolk who caught it.
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