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MagazineJul 8, 2013
San Fermin festival 2013
The festival of San Fermín in the city of Pamplona, is a deeply rooted celebration held annually from 12:00, 6 July. The most famous event is the encierro, or the running of the bulls, which happens at 8:00 am from July 7th to July 14th. Spanish tradition says the true origin of the run began in northeastern Spain during the early 14th century. While transporting cattle in order to sell them at the market, men would try to speed the process by hurrying their cattle using tactics of fear and excitement. After years of this practice, the transportation and hurrying began to turn into a competition, as young adults would attempt to race in front of the bulls and make it safely to their pens without being overtaken. When the popularity of this practice increased and was noticed more and more by the expanding population of Spanish cities, a tradition was created and stands to this day.