The San Fermin festival kicked off in Pamplona, Spain, this week to honor Saint Fermin — co-patron saint of the northern Navarra province of which Pamplona is the capital city. Besides street parties and religious ceremonies, the Running of the Bulls forms part of the celebrations. Known as the “encierro,” or enclosure, this week-long bull run also serves a practical purpose: getting the bulls from their corral into the bullring for an evening “corrida,” or bullfight. The bulls run behind thrill-seeking forerunners, but sometimes they can fall while turning corners. The final encierro of the festival will take place on the morning of July 14.
Photo: Hoofing it in Pamplona
July 8, 2011
Last modified: July 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm