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Spain bull running festival

July 10th, 2007

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.

Bull running

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.

Bull festival

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.

Angry bull

Since the bull running festival began in 1924, as many as 13 people have been killed so far.

Spain bull

This bull running is definitely not for the faint hearted. So don’t count me in. 🙂

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  1. jojo
    November 19th, 2007 at 17:17 | #1

    Why are you all going to have a festival like this when the bulls go crazy and maybe hurt people?

  2. Dee
    November 27th, 2007 at 05:48 | #2

    Because we can!

  3. July 3rd, 2008 at 11:17 | #3

    wow, this is fantastic
    Is that every year in Pamplona?

  4. David Nelson
    August 20th, 2009 at 04:39 | #4

    I have lived in spain long time ago and now I visited Madrid for the third time to see if I live there. I realize this tradition is going on since 1920s. However, When it comes to jeopardizing human life and doing exccesive animal abuse, I consider this as a total madness for those who claimed to be brave to do this type of foolish acts , which may backfire on spanish culture as whether or not this type of traditional practices are acceptable among spanish people as long as long as there are casualties.

  5. Melany
    August 25th, 2009 at 23:58 | #5

    Quit your bitching, no one said you had to do it. lighten up and quit being a hard ass. you haven’t lived ’till you’ve ran for your life from something. i feel bad for you, you will never live. just sit in your save little chair in your safe little house while the rest of us have fun.

  6. cassy
    January 16th, 2010 at 11:46 | #6

    wat killing poor animals for fun i spit on anyone who lets that happen

  7. July 9th, 2010 at 09:25 | #7

    Spanish bullrun is a bit dangourus. i wouldn’t like to go there, would you?

  8. July 9th, 2010 at 09:29 | #8

    hi my name is amy! i wouldn’t like to go to the bull run. would you? it is a bit dangeorous. isn’t it?

  9. John
    November 9th, 2011 at 15:44 | #9

    Festival of Saint Fermin!? What is that!? Voodoo? I can’t help but notice the white garb and red scarf is the same as Santeria.

    And the bull run and fight = animal sacrifice?

    Visually stunning nonetheless

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