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Las Luminarias fiesta

Las Luminarias is a religious festival celebrated each year in the village of San Bartolomé de los Pinares, in the province of Ávila, in honor of San Antonio de Abad, patron saint of animals. Supposedly commemorating the ritual cleansing of animals in the middle ages, this atavistic diversion consists of riding horses, donkeys and mules through a raging bonfire, occasionally with children on board as in the above photo from Madrid’s El País newspaper. It’s also an annual event for Spain’s animal defense activists.  More…