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Jacob EhrbahnThe running of the bulls starts in the city streets at precisely 8 a.m. every morning from July 7 to 14. Typically the bulls need between two or three minutes to cover the route's 825 meters through the streets and up to the bullfighting arena. The run is known as "Encierro." A total of 15 people have died since the first recorded run in 1924. Touching the bulls during the run is prohibited, but many of the runners consider it a conquest if they are able to touch the horns of the animals. Here the bulls are entering the bullfighting arena.
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.
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