San Fermin 2012
Between July 6 and 14 every year, the Basque city of Pamplona is transformed into a inferno of celebration. Inhabitants of the city, along with hundreds of thousands of visitors from the rest of Spain and abroad, celebrate in the streets around the clock in the 204-hour-long nonstop party known as the Festival of San Fermin. In addition to the world famous running of the bulls, which occurs in the old city for two to three minutes every morning starting at 8 a.m., the festival also offers a myriad old and new traditions that thrive side by side. Music, dancing, drinking, children's events and bullfighting are some of the ingredients that make up this party. The festival gained world renown when American author Ernest Hemmingway published his novel The Sun Also Rises in 1926.