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Photo of the Day: What in the world?

Update: The correct answer to today’s question is Spain, where resident in the small village of San Bartolome celebrated the tradition locally known as "Luminarias."

It might look like the set of a future Nicholas Cage movie, but it’s not.

Following a tradition that dates back almost 500 years, people ride their horses trough narrow cobblestone streets of this small village to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires. It is meant to protect the animals for the year to come.

But where in the world does such a tradition come from?

A man rides a horse through a bonfire in honor of the patron saint of animals. (AP)

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Anup Kaphle is the Post's digital foreign editor. He has an M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.


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