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Spain: Annual Bull-Running Festival In Pamplona Gets Off to a Bang

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7Dnews London

Sun, 07 Jul 2019 12:09 GMT

Like bull-fighting, bull-running is one of the deeply rooted traditional festivals in the northern Spanish city, Pamplona. It is also one of the iconic celebrations which occurs every year from noon on July 6th to midnight on July 14th, known as the San Fermin festival.

Bull-running fans gathered in the main square in Pamplona on Saturday, July 6th, to witness the "chupinazo" rocket fizzed into the sky at midday (1000 GMT), officially marking the start of festivities, Reuters has reported.

In a common tradition, fans or runners, dressed from head to toe in white t-shirts and trousers stained pink by the wine, dance around the streets waving red handkerchiefs bearing the image of the local patron saint during the festival. 

The bull-running is 2,750 feet (825 meters) long in which bred bulls chase runners through stretches of narrow streets each morning at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT).

However, local public opinion leans against the tradition, highlighting what they see as animal cruelty. But over one million people attend the festival each year, bringing a massive contribution to the local economy.

According to the Red Cross, three people were gored, and a further two people suffered head trauma during the first day of this year’s festival. It added that no one has died at Pamplona's San Fermin festival since Spaniard Daniel Jimeno was gored in the neck by a Jandilla bull in 2009.