Paso del FuegoOn the 23rd of June each year, the Virgin de la Peña chapel is the setting of an ancient ritual that combines bravado and legend. At around 9pm a bonfire is prepared with over a thousand kilos of oak wood, chosen because it burns easily. Then a path of coals is laid out, which becomes a red hot carpet that a dozen participants run over at the stroke of midnight, often carrying someone on their shoulders. Tradition says that those who walk on the coals achieve immortality, that only the locals don't get burns, and that the women dressed in customary white bearing wicker baskets represent Celtiberian priestesses.
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