Running with Bulls at the San Fermin Festival
The San Fermin Festival is one of the most famous festivals in the world. It’s held in the Navarra region in Spain in the early to mid of July. It’s famous for the running of the bulls. In this festival the bulls are lead to run through the streets of the town’s old quarter. Although it was actually held as religious festival but now it’s more of an entertaining festival. Its fame has gathered thousands of visitors from around the world. As well the participants that have grown in number significantly. They are not only from Spain but also outside the countries. However, they should be eligible.
What’s Happening in San Fermin Festival
Like its name, San Fermin Festival is all about the running and luring of the bulls into bullring to face the participants and see whose winning. This ancient festival was actually born from the need to get the bulls from outside city into bullring. Here are the details of the event in San Fermin. First, it is usually held for one week until the mid of July at the Calle Santo Domingo’s corral and started at 8 o’clock in the morning. Second, it is when a chant is sung three times. The first is before 8 A.M. The second is 5 minutes before 8 A.M. And the last is right before the gate is opened. All the crowds sing together and some of them get very emotional. Moreover, when the two rockets are launched, the bulls start to run behind the runners heading to the bullring which is around 825 meters in distance. Usually, the run only lasts 4 to 10 minutes.
When it’s happening, there is emotional prelude involved. It’s what the runners and the crowds feel when they bulls are just few meters from the runners and are waiting to make a strike against the human. And the last is the launching of the third rocking signals when all of the bulls are already in the bullring. Then, the fourth and fifth rocket signals are when the bulls are safe in corral. That’s when bull running is ended.
For protection reason, a long fence consists of 3.000 wooden parts are built along the streets to avoid accidents. However, even though the fence is well built, but there are usually some incidents that still happen. Even the worst incident can lead to death. Despite the bloody incidents that the San Fermin Festival may cause, this festival is still very attractive and entertaining. Usually, during the running, many bull “shepherds” place themselves and run behind the bull so that the running backwards and turning around of the bulls can be avoided. They also help the bulls that have been separated from the rest of the companions and lead them toward the bullring.
To be able to participate, a participant has to be at least 18 years old. During the festival, all the participants are not allowed to cross the police barriers in order to make sure that the bull running goes smoothly. If you consider yourself brave enough to be one of the runners, join the crowd in San Fermin Festival.
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