July: the month of ‘The Pamplona Bull Run’ in Spain!

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What is the Pamplona Bull Run?

More than 1,000 daredevil visitors from all over the world take part in a four-minute run down the Pamplona in Spain’s cobbled streets. Several of the powerful bulls are released to chase the adrenaline-seekers as they attempt to dodge the beasts’ horns. Each day during the fiesta, runners try and test their luck and skills at getting close to the stampeding wild bulls.

When is the Pamplona Bull Run 2017?

The televised event started on Thursday July 6 and lasts a little over a week until Friday July 14. During this time, bull runs and bull fights will take place, with an opening and closing ceremony taking place either side of the festival.

After each morning run, the animals are killed in an afternoon bullfight which animal rights activists are strongly opposed to. There are over 400 events scheduled during the Running of the Bulls festival, and the full schedule can be seen here. While the most famous events are held in honour of Saint Fermin in Pamplona, there are other festivals also held in other towns and villages across Spain and Portugal.

Do people die at the Pamplona Bull Run?

Injuries, and even deaths, are common at the annual festival and there have been around 15 recorded deaths since its inception in 1924. The year 2015 was particularly bloody, with ten people, including four Americans, being gored as they raced through the streets. Last year a 29-year-old man was gored to death during the annual event.

American novelist Ernest Hemingway famously described the Spanish fiesta in his 1926 book The Sun Also Rises.

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