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Saint Anthony Bonfire Festival in Spain; See Pictures

World | Associated Press | January 17, 2018, 4:36 pm
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 On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, dozens ride their horses through the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the

On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, dozens ride their horses through the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias," a tradition that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires and protect them for the year to come. (Image: AP)

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 A man rides a horse through a bonfire as part of a ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. (Image: AP)

A man rides a horse through a bonfire as part of a ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. (Image: AP)

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 A man drinks wine from a wineskin next to bonfires during the ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. (Image: AP)

A man drinks wine from a wineskin next to bonfires during the ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. (Image: AP)

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 A man rides a horse through a bonfire as part of a ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. (Image: AP)

A man rides a horse through a bonfire as part of a ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. (Image: AP)

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 A horse stands next to bonfires during the ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. (Image: AP)

A horse stands next to bonfires during the ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. (Image: AP)

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 A woman braids the hair of a horse before the ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. (Image: AP)

A woman braids the hair of a horse before the ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. (Image: AP)

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 A horse stands by a tree before the ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. (Image: AP)

A horse stands by a tree before the ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. (Image: AP)

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 A woman braids the hair of a horse before the ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. (Image: AP)

A woman braids the hair of a horse before the ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. (Image: AP)