Most of us associate Spain with bullfighting, but many of us are not aware of the traditional festival of the country, known as the Running of the Bulls Festival. The age old festival has been a part of the culture of the country for centuries now and it is held at the venue of Pamplona city in Spain. The week-long festival has caught the fancy of the world, which is the reason why it attracts thousands of international visitors every year.
Here are 10 interesting facts about Running of The Bulls Festival in Spain:
#1. The roots of the Running of The Bulls Festival have been traced back to 1592, when it happened for the first time. In the beginning, it was held in the month of October but now, the festival is celebrated in the summer month of July, from July 7-14.
#2. The festival is held in the honor of San Fermin, the Patron Saint. This is why it is also addressed as the Festival of San Fermin. The grand celebrations include bull runs, bull fights, dance, music, acrobats and tournaments.
#3. The practical reason behind the origin of the famous festival is that the dangerous bull-run was made a part of it to transport the bulls from the corral of Pamplona to the bull fighting rings, where the competitions were to be held.
#4. Today, the Running of The Bulls Festival has become one of the biggest tourist attractions of Spain. It attracts tourists from around the world and earns huge revenues for the country.
#5. Running of The Bulls Festival has earned the reputation of being a violent celebration as 13 people have died while taking part in the festival in the last century. The last reported casualty was that of a young American in 1995. In addition to the deaths caused by the dangerous bull-runs, over consumption of alcohol by the revelers is another negative aspect of the festival.
#6. Running of The Bulls Festival was popularized in the Western world when it found mention in the popular Ernest Hemingway work called “The Sun Also Rises”, which came out in 1926. The American classis has been set in the backdrop of this Spanish festival.
#7. The bull runners who take part in the festival are called mozos and they have to wear a traditional attire of white color with red trimming. The popular beneath about this uniform is that white and red color honor the patron saint, San Fermin. Another school believes that it was worn to represent the Spanish butchers, who conducted the bull race originally.
#8. Scientific research has proved that the exposure to red color is not the reason behind the bulls being provoked, opposing the belief that they are intimidated by the red cloth shown by mozos. It is rather the speed and movement of the runners which draws the attention of the bulls.
#9. The week long Running of The Bulls Festival is most famous for its traditional bull race, but surprisingly each bull race lasts only 3 minutes on the average. The race is organized at 8 am on all days of the festival. The rest of the day is spent in celebrations and livestock fairs.
#10. The Running of The Bulls Festival comes to an end at the midnight of July 14. The tradition gathers all the people in the City Hall of Pamplona and they sing the customary song “Pobre de Mi”, which means “Poor Me, the Fiesta de San Fermin has ended”.
Aren’t these facts about then Running of The Bulls Festival absolutely amazing!