San Fermín

The festival of San Fermín in the city of Pamplona (Navarre, Spain), is a deeply rooted celebration held annually from 12:00, 6th  July, when the opening of the fiesta is marked by setting off the pyrotechnic “chupinazo”, to midnight 14th  July, with the singing of the “Pobre de Mí”. While its most famous event is the encierro, or the running of the bulls, the week-long celebration involves many other traditional and folkloric events. It is known locally as “Sanfermines” and is held in honor of Saint Fermin, the co-patron of Navarre. Its events were central to the plot of “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway, which brought it to the general attention of English-speaking people. It has become probably the most internationally renowned “fiesta” in Spain. Over 1,000,000 people come to watch this festival every year.


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