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Las Luminarias de San Anton Festival
SAN BARTOLOME DE PINARES, SPAIN - JANUARY 16: A man rides a horse through a bonfire on January 16, 2013 in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. In honor of San Anton, the patron saint of animals, horses are riden through the bonfires on the night before the official day of honoring animals in Spain. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

Luminaries festival in Spain - where you can lead a horse to fire

17 January 2013

Spectacular pictures have emerged from the Luminarias festival in Spain, where horses are ridden through bonfires. The festival, in San Bartolomé de Pinares, a small village 62 miles from Madrid, celebrates St Anthony, the patron saint of animals. Riders believe the smoke from the fire will purify the animals and protect them for the year.