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Horses jump bonfires at Spanish festival's 'purification ceremony'

Horses jump bonfires at Spanish festival's 'purification ceremony'

Over a hundred horses jumped through bonfires in a "purification ceremony" on Wednesday during the Spanish festival of "Las Luminarias" in a village northwest of Madrid.

The traditional night-time celebration takes place in San Bartolome de Pinares every January 16, the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, Spain's patron saint of animals.

Revellers rode their horses through the narrow, cobble-stoned streets, which, according to tradition, purifies the animals with the smoke and flames of the bonfires for the coming year.