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Thursday, 15 July 2010


Yesterday it was the last bull-running (encierro) celebrated in Pamplona, after eight days of fiesta during the famous Sanfermines bull-running festival, very well known around the world.

Photo taken in Pamplona when I was there last October

The festival of San Fermin (or Sanfermines) is a deeply rooted celebration held annually in Pamplona annually from 12:00, 6 July when the opening of the fiesta is marked by setting off the pyrotechnic chupinazo to midnight 14 July with the singing of the “Pobre de mi” song. Its events were central to the plot of “The sun also rises”, by Ernest Hemingway, which brought it to the general attention of English-speaking people. It is probably the most internationally renowned fiesta in Spain. Every year nearly 1,000,000 people come to watch this festival.

This photo is on a wall in Cafe Iruña
where Hemingway used to go
when he was in Pamplona

During eight days the streets in Pamplona get crowded with people eager to have fun and drink. The bull-run starts at 8:00 a.m. when hundreds of people race ahead of six fighting bulls and six bell-tinkling steers. In the evening the bulls will be killed in the bull ring and their meat gets served up in Pamplona’s restaurants. Dozens of people are injured each year in the morning runs. Out of curiosity I’ll you that in all its history, there have been 15 dead people (the last one happened last year). Though people under 18 years and people who is under alcohol effects running is forbidden.

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