|6 Jul 2019||14 Jul 2019||Traditional Festival|
The festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, is a very popular annual celebration held annually from 6 July. Over 1 million people each year participate in this unique festival. It has become probably the most internationally renowned fiesta in Spain.
History of San Fermín
The fiestas are celebrated in honor of San Fermin, patron saint of Navarra, although the religious aspect would seem to have taken on a secondary role over the last years.
The person who sets it off is decided by the city mayor. It is usually done by a person from the different city council political groups or with some non-politicians which performed significant achievements during the year in the local area.
These eight giant figures represent four pairs of kings and queens of four different races and continents – Europe, Asia, America and Africa.
During the festival, there are numerous exhibitions and competitions of the local sports every morning in the square close to the city citadel. Sports include stone or hay bale lifting or wood cutting. Betting is common during these events as well.
Bullrunning and Bullfight Pamplona
The worldwide popularity of the San Fermín festival, especially to the English-speaking countries, was brought by Ernest Hemingway. He described the event in his book The Sun Also Rises and also made reports as a journalist.
Video: Bull Running (Encierro) during San Fermin 2018