Video: El Salvador's Fireball throwing Festival
Locals throw fire balls at one another to commemorate the volcanic eruption that destroyed the old city Photograph: (WION)
The small town of Nejapa in El Salvador is home to a rather bizarre festival. Bolas de Fuego, literally meaning “balls of fire,” involves throwing fiery gasoline-soaked rags at one another.
The ceremony commemorates the volcanic eruption of 1922 that forced residents to flee the old town, which was destroyed completely in the fire. The church claims that the eruption was god’s way to drive away the evil from the town.
The tradition has gained more and more attention over the past decade, with few injuries being reported.