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Thursday, 16 September 2010


As I told you in the recent post titled "La Tomatina de Buñol", many annual Fiestas Mayores take place in these days in Spain. One of them is “el Toro de la Vega” celebration, which is held in Tordesillas (Valladolid) in the second week of September, in honor of the patron Saint of the town, the Virgin of the Cliff. This spectacle, “The lancing of the bull”, has been going for centuries.

Each year a bull is driven down the street and then the bull “faces his fate”, crossing a bridge, where on the other side several men on horseback and others on foot with lances, are waiting for him to kill him. And the youth who does it will be allowed to cut off his testicles and parade them on the end of his lance. Afterwards the Town Council presents the winner with a gold badge and a lance made of forged iron.

And I (and many Spaniards) wonder: Where is the fun of this? This year there were 300 people protesting against this and trying to prevent it, though unluckily they weren’t successful.

There is a website called in which you can read more about it and enclosed below there is a link which contains a letter in Spanish and in English to be signed and sent to any of the emails written in it, in order to stop this horrible and bloody tradition in Tordesillas.

Model protest letter

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