- MikoshinoLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Bull Running in Spain
Every year from July 7th-14th thousands pack into Pamplona to start Spain's most famous bull-running fiesta to honour Navarre capital's patron saint, San Fermin. Spain stages more than 3,000 fiestas (festivals) each year but the 7 days of bull-running are the favourite in terms of spectacle and excitement.After the daybreak of July 7th, runners (mainly young men) gather at the bottom of Santo Domingo, which is the starting line. They crowd together and sing to the image of San Fermin which is placed in a niche on a wall. The song goes: "A San Fermín pedimos, por ser nuestro patrón, nos guíe en el encierro dándonos su bendición" ("We ask San Fermín, as our Patron, to guide us through the Bull Run and give us his blessing.")Then, as a rocket goes off, a number of fighting bulls are let out onto the streets. A second rocket is then let off to make sure everyone knows the bulls are loose in the street. The bulls run along the narrow street 825 metres (half a mile) to a bull ring. The runners dash along in front of the bulls, aiming to feel the breath of the bull on their backs, getting as close as possible - all whilst trying to avoid getting gored by their sharp horns. The supposed way to do this is to start off slowly when the bulls are quite a distance behind. Then as they get nearer start running like hell! You can then go near them for a short time, as near as you are prepared to risk it, and then quickly get out of the way. Runners look for a gap in the fence to slip through or jump over, or a space against the wall of the street.When the bulls finally reach the end of the street, they go into pens and are kept until later that day they are killed in a bullfight.字數有限,請參考連結http://www.spain-info.com/Culture/bullrunning.htm
- KateLv 71 decade ago
Pamplona Bull Run (San Fermin)History of the Pamplona Bull RunThe origin of this fiesta is lost in the mists of time. There are chronicles from the XIIIth and XIVth centuries which already mention the Sanfermines which, up to the XVIth century, were held in October to coincide with Saint's festival but were later moved to July because of the unpredictable weather of the former month.According to historians the Sanfermines were not born spontaneously but arose out of the conjunction of three separate fiestas: those of a religious nature in honour of San Fermín and which have taken place since time immemorial, the commercial fiestas organised since the XIVth century and the taurine festivals which were centred around the bullfights, also since the XIVth century.