The Festival Where Horses Jump Serbia Is Becoming Increasingly Dangerous 1 day ago   04:24

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Every January, on the eve of the feast of Saint Anthony, the residents of San Bartolomé de Pinares, Spain ride their horses through bonfires on the streets of their village. According to local lore, the tradition dates back centuries and started as an attempt to purify farm animals during a time of disease. Now it continues as a roisterous festival known as Las Luminarias.

"We would give our lives for this celebration. Anyone of us here." Pedro Martín Muñoz, president of the Association for the Defense of the Luminarias, told VICE News. "To us, this is a magical night, both for the townspeople and the visitors."

Animal rights organizations have criticized the festival in past years for its treatment of the horses, but Martín Muñoz says they enjoy the night as much as the riders.

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Comments 199 Comments

daniel santiago
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Bazooka Llama Productions
So it's a cruel thing that uneducated unscientific people to to cure a "plague" that no longer exists, EVENTHOUGH SMOKE CANT CURE DISEASES ANYWAY!!!
Sajid Tanwer
Now let’s try riding the horses naked!

It’ll be fun to see how pure it makes you feel then 😝
Justin Hiller
This comments is rides horses through fire.
Fer Andurray
hey porque no pasan mejor los dueños de los caballos sobre el fuego y no torturar mas a los pobres animales
John von Shepard
nice.
Lkhagwa Lkhagwadorj
what kind of inquisition is this ???
Alvaro Sanchez
I wanna see one of them run through fire lmao
Jr. Jr.
people are stupid with their crazy beliefs.
Matt
BETTER START LEARNING TO CODE VICE
Detallado
My millennial opinion and feelings > other nation's customs and traditions
Therefore I'll scream:
"ANIMAL ABUSE STOP THIS MADNESS NOW, CALL PETA, REPORTED FOR PROMOTING ANIMAL ABUSE" -every soyboy
Salvaplatypus
Acho que guapo, mi pais
Chelsea Martinez
Beautiful
Nurlinda F Sihotang
War horse training? It is common for military horses too.
ENXJ
Muy good Engleesh, Vice. You guyz hav de best teetle wraiters.
Rod Serling
LARGE GRAMMATICAL ERROR DETECTED. PIIIIIIIIISSSSED
Carr Rexx
My fellow Americans (lol) stop judging the world through our angelic eyes.
DSNCB919
I wouldnt be standing behind that horse like that
DjTrax78
Another "tradition" just as meaningless as bullfighting.... human stupidity at it's best!
Link_ 82
Why are the comment section on Vice's videos always so dumb and toxic.
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Serbia Is Becoming Increasingly Dangerous The Festival Where Horses Jump 1 day ago   05:56

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Weekly protests in Serbia, against state-sanctioned political violence and a crackdown on media freedoms, are about to enter their third month. VICE News meets a Serbian journalist who recently survived an assassination attempt to hear how being a journalist and/or critic of the government has become more dangerous under president Vucic's regime.

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