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Friday, January 18, 2013 Festive celebration in honor of St Antonius
On the night of January 16 to 17 in a small Spanish village of San Bartolome de Pinares took place a festive celebration in honor of St Antonius, who is regarded as the patron of animal kingdom, especially horses. The highlight of the festival is the so-called Fire Purification ritual, which features a march of riders through the village and then jumps over roaring fires. It is believed that this rite purifies and protects horses for a whole year. The tradition is almost 500 years old, but recently animal rights activists have become more vocal in putting an end to this practice.

Festive celebration in honor of St Antonius

Last update: Friday, January 18, 2013 11:32:52 AM

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