This is from list of "5 Fail-Safe Rituals for Protecting your Newborn"
1. Jump Over Your Baby
In parts of northern Spain, newborns participate in a ceremony that seems part Olympic track and field event, part Evel Knievel stunt. Several babies are placed on a mattress while a man long-jumps over them. The ceremony is based on the biblical story in which King Herod orders all male babies in the area to be killed after hearing that a “new king” has been born in Bethlehem. Just as Mary and Joseph escaped with baby Jesus to Egypt, this Spanish ritual is meant to symbolize a similar “danger” experience for a child. By undergoing it and emerging (hopefully) unharmed, the child is prepared for a safe passage through life.