Jumping over babies. Making babies cry. Betting on babies.
Find out about festivals, events, and a TV show that has babies front and center this year.
Baby jumping festival
A man dressed up as the devil jumped over babies lying on a mattress in the street during El Colacho, the “baby jumping festival’’ on June 2 in Castrillo de Murcia, Spain.
Baby jumping is a traditional Spanish practice dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi.
Crying baby contest
Babies, held by amateur sumo wrestlers, break into tears as a gyoji, or referee, checks how loud they cry during the Nakizumo Festival, or crying baby contest, at Sensoji Temple in Tokyo in April.
The Nakizumo is a traditional event, where the babies, held by the sumo wrestlers, face off in a sumo ring to determine how loud and long they cry. It is held to celebrate babies’ growth and pray for their good health.
Great Cloth Diaper Change
Parents held their babies in the air after completing the “Great Cloth Diaper Change’’ during the Earth Day Festival Green Baby Expo in Savannah, Ga., in April.
There were 65 parents who participated in the Guinness World Record cloth diaper change attempt.
1,189 pregnant women
A total of 1,189 pregnant women wearing pink T-shirts gathered in Barcelona in April to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of pregnant women.
The initiative was held as part of the Babies and Moms 2013 trade fair dedicated to babies, children, and mothers.
A Hindu devotee touched a baby with his feet as an act of blessing during the Shiva Gajan Hindu festival in Kolkata, India in April.
Faithful Hindu devotees offer various rituals each year in hope of winning the favor of Hindu god Shiva and ensuring the fulfillment of their wishes.
Bet On Your Baby
The ABC show “Bet On Your Baby’’ is an hour-long program featuring families with toddlers between the ages of 2 and 3½ that premiered in April. The parents see how well they can guess their child’s next move in the hopes of earning money towards their college fund.
In “Episode 102” (pictured), will little Ryder be able to complete an obstacle course with Dad in just 90 seconds? Can Addison name at least seven grocery items before the clock runs out? And does she really know the word for “corn,” as dad insists, but mom doubts? Can Thomas stack cookies without eating them before the time is up?
Ten-month-old Diego Bernardele cruised to second place during the 4th Annual Diaper Derby, which took place at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree in February.
Crawling babies competed for prizes and were cheered on by parents and caregivers who did whatever they could to entice their tots across the finish line.