Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The festival of San Fermn - 2011

The festival of San Fermn in the city of Pamplona (Navarre, Spain), is a deeply rooted celebration held annually from 12:00, 6 July, when the opening of the fiesta is marked by setting off the pyrotechnic chupinazo to midnight 14 July, with the singing of the Pobre de M. While its most famous event is the encierro, or the running of the bulls, the week-long celebration involves many other traditional and folkloric events. It is known locally as Sanfermines and is held in honor of Saint Fermin, the co-patron of Navarre. Its events were central to the plot of The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, which brought it to the general attention of English-speaking people. It has become probably the most internationally renowned fiesta in Spain. Over 1,000,000 people come to watch this festival.

A runner is trampled by a wild cow at the bullring following the second running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso


Bullfight photographer Francisco Cano, "Canito", takes a picture of a television presenter at Telefonica Corner before the second running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent West


Runners sprint in front of Cebada Gago fighting bulls at Telefonica corner during the second running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent West


Runners sprint in front of Cebada Gago fighting bulls during the second running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu


A runner gets pushed away by a Cebada Gago bull during the second bull run of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera


Assistant bullfighters wait for the start of the first bullfight of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera


Mexican bullfighter Arturo Saldivar performs a pass to a bull during the first bullfight of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera


Mexican bullfighter Arturo Saldivar prepares for the start of the first bullfight of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera


A bull leaps over runners at the bullring after the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Joseba Extaburu


People watch from balconies as the statue of San Fermin, patron saint of the San Fermin festival, is carried through the streets during a procession in his honour in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso


A helper makes adjustments to the statue of San Fermin, patron saint of the San Fermin festival, in San Lorenzo church in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent West


A wild cow chases runners at the bullring following the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. Four people suffered minor injuries in the run that lasted two and a half minutes, according to local news sources. REUTERS/Vincent West


Runners sprint in front of Torrestrella fighting bulls at the entrance to the bullring during the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent West


A reveller falls next to a steer during the first bull run of the famous running of the bulls San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso


A runner leads Torrestrella bulls and steers during the first bull run of the famous running of the bulls San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso


A runner leads Torrestrella bulls and steers during the first bull run of the famous running of the bulls San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso


A steer pushes a reveller with his horn during the first bull run of the famous running of the bulls San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso


Revellers take cover before a fighting cow leapt over them at Pamplona's bullring after the first bull run of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu


Runners walk to take their places before the first bull run of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera


A reveller sleeps on the street after the first bull run of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera


Runners lead a Torrestrella ranch bull (R) and a steer during the first bull run of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera


Revellers sitting on the ground follow the directions of a fellow reveller on the first day of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera


A reveller jumps from a fountain at the Plaza de Navarreria during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso


Revellers hold up their red scarves during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso


Rejoneador (bullfighter on horseback) Roberto Armendariz performs at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu


A rejoneador (bullfighter on horseback) performs at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu


Rejoneador (bullfighter on horseback) Roberto Armendariz performs at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu


Rejoneador (bullfighter on horseback) Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza performs at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu


Revellers fill the town hall square before the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent West


A reveller jumps from a fountain at the Plaza de Navarreria during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu


Revellers hold up red scarves during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera


Revellers drink wine during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011.
REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu


Revellers are sprayed with wine during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso


A reveller gets sprayed with wine during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011.
REUTERS/Susana Vera


A reveller is tossed in the air during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011.
REUTERS/Susana Vera


Revellers get soaked with water thrown from a balcony during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera


Revellers unfurl giant Basque flags during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent West


A reveller is showered with wine during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso