Thursday, September 03, 2009

Nejapa fireballs

Monday, August 31, was the annual Day of the Fireballs in Nejapa, El Salvador. It is part of an annual tradition in the town of Nejapa, where men from opposing teams hurl flaming fuel-soaked rags at each other. The tradition dates back to 1917 when the villagers of Nejapa escaped unharmed from a volcanic eruption, and as a result, thanked their patron Saint Geronimo who, legend has it, fought the devil with fireballs. The BBC has a video here.

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