Red scarf around the neck and white suit. San Fermin has begun. Running of the bulls in the morning, processions, troupes, bulls and concerts. If you want to know where the charm of the festival is, we will tell you.
Primer día de encierros. Un minuto antes de que salgan los novillos ya se nota el ambiente tenso por las calles de Pamplona. Los participantes piden a San Fermín que les dé fuerzas para correr. Algunos vienen todos los años, otros son nuevos.
It's not just the streets that are full. The balconies are full of people and many Spaniards get up early and wait in front of the television for the party to start. San Fermín is experienced throughout Spain.
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And it is not only a cliché, it is typical and unmatched. Hemingway's favorite holidays, who made them international. Where is the charm of San Fermín?
In its people, in its partying and in the bulls. It begins one day before the celebration of the patron saint of Navarra with the chupinazo on July 6. This year there could be no better host than the Red Cross, which turns 150 years old and is an essential ingredient to ensure that no misfortune occurs during the holidays. The square is filled with people who from that day on don't wear any colors other than white and red.
Shouting “Long live San Fermín!” Gora San Fermin! The crowd breaks out into a continuous revelry that will last a full week. Many will not even have accommodation and will sleep in parks, others will take advantage of the parties with the gang to eat as much as possible and drink as much as possible and the most veterans will get up early so as not to miss a single bull run.
A party that combines revelry and religiosity in equal parts. On the afternoon of the 6th, they celebrate the Riau Riau, an event that turns 100 this year but has had to be suspended on several occasions. However, in 2014 they celebrated it in style with a march of people chanting La Pamplonesa to the rhythm of the Astrain Waltz from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento to the San Fermín Chapel.
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Minutes before the start, the runners will sing, newspaper in hand, “A San Fermín Pedimos.” The first one that opened the week of celebration lasted two minutes and 25 seconds and only injured one person, luckily. A spectacle that can be followed via the internet thanks to new technologies. There's even a quick guide to running a bull run.
At 10 in the morning on July 7, the procession of the Saint begins, which runs through the streets of the old city accompanied by the group of bigheads, along with bagpipers, maceros, timbaleros...
Another highlight of the festivities, as it could not be otherwise, are the bulls. Bullfights from July 5 to July 14 with the best bullfighters in the country.
A week of celebration that culminates with the “Poor me” on the 14th, the saddest day for the people of Pamplona, who will already be eagerly waiting for it to pass quickly until next year.
You can find the complete program of the festivities in the following link.
Happy San Fermin!