The Apocalyptic Luminarias Festival Where Horses Ride Through Bonfire in Spain

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What looks like to be a scene from a film about the apocalypse is actually an annual tradition in the small Spanish village of San Bartolome de los Pinares.

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The Luminarias festival spain january 2014. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP

In the small village of San Bartolome de los Pinares, about 62 miles northwest of Madrid, the annual “Luminarias” religious celebration.

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Apocalyptic Luminarias festival in Spain: Smoke of the Fire should protect horses. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP

During the Luminarias festival, a 500-year-old ritual in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals, hundreds of people ride through flames on horseback.

The tradition is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires and protect them for the year to come.

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This horse is now protected until next year. Photo: Juan Medina / Reuters

The animals jump to the sound of beating drums until midnight, when the flames are used for a barbecue feast that lasts until dawn.

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