Festival of San Fermin: Famous Bull Race in Spain (part 1)

By | August 12, 2020

The San Fermin Festival is one of the craziest and busiest events in the world, held in the town of Pamplona, ​​Spain.

Spain is one of the most culturally featured countries in the world. The most famous is the bustling but equally dangerous bull festival. The Gaur Festival held every year in Pamlona, ​​Spain is considered a bustling, vibrant, stimulating festival that attracts many interested people.

This is a religious festival, dating back to the Middle Ages and has existed for more than 400 years. This traditional festival is held to praise Saint Fermin, patron saint of the city of Pamplona.

In the past, this festival usually lasted a week and was held in October every year. Over hundreds of years, today this famous festival is more and more known, the festival takes place longer – 9 days. In 2019, this festival started on July 6, 2019 and will end on July 14, 2019 with nearly 1 million people participating.

The San Fermin Festival in Pamplona became world-famous since it became the setting for 1926’s famous 1926 American writer Ernest Hemingway. The gaurs participating in the race will be slaughtered and brought to restaurants in the city to serve dinner to customers.

On the morning of the first day of the festival, people of Pamplona gather at the main square, waiting for the sound of traditional chupinazo rockets to signal the start of the festival. At exactly 8am, 6 extremely ferocious gaurs were released on narrow medieval-style streets, accompanied by a commander wearing large bells to restrain and handle possible bad situations happening.

This long-standing traditional festival is considered bustling, vibrant, stimulating but also full of danger. Cows ran in the background and the participant tied the iconic red scarf of the Basque region to the front, just not far from them. They sought to let gaur chase them on the 850m long journey from the edge of town to the bullfighting center.