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Hot-to-trot - Spanish villagers horse around in bonfires

Spain, San Bartolome De Pinares
January 17, 2020 at 09:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Over a hundred villagers rode their horses through a bonfire in the small Spanish village of San Bartolome de Pinares, northwest of Madrid on Thursday.

The annual event is held in honour of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals, on the evening before his feast day is celebrated in the Roman Catholic faith. The age-old tradition, called 'Luminarias' dates back over 500 years, is believed to purify and protect the animals from diseases in the coming year with the bonfire smoke. The village has just 563 inhabitants.

Footage shows the horses being ridden through the fire and residents celebrating by drinking spirits.

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Over a hundred villagers rode their horses through a bonfire in the small Spanish village of San Bartolome de Pinares, northwest of Madrid on Thursday.

The annual event is held in honour of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals, on the evening before his feast day is celebrated in the Roman Catholic faith. The age-old tradition, called 'Luminarias' dates back over 500 years, is believed to purify and protect the animals from diseases in the coming year with the bonfire smoke. The village has just 563 inhabitants.

Footage shows the horses being ridden through the fire and residents celebrating by drinking spirits.

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