Spain bull running festival
July is an exciting month in Spain. The festival of San Fermin, or the Pamplona bull running as it’s more commonly known outside of Spain officially begins on 6th July every year. Thousands pack into the narrow street to start the fiesta to honour Navarre capital’s patron saint, San Fermin.
Usually the way to do this is to start off slowly when the bulls are still a safe distance behind. Then as they get nearer start running like like no tomorrow… You can then go near them for a short while, as near as you are prepared to risk hurting yourself, and then quickly get out of the way before the bull head you in your butt. Runners run for their life looking for a gap in the fence to slip through or jump over, or a space against the wall of the street.
When the bulls finally reach the end of the street, they go into pens and are kept until later that day when they are killed in a bullfight.
Since the bull running festival began in 1924, as many as 13 people have been killed so far.
This bull running is definitely not for the faint hearted. So don’t count me in. 🙂