Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Festival of San Fermin 2010 in Pictures

The festival of San Fermín (or Sanfermines) is a deeply rooted celebration held annually in the city of Navarre, Spain. The celebration starts 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 Mí. While its most famous event is the encierro, or the running of the bulls, the biggest day is 7 July, when thousands of people accompany a replica of the statue of Saint Fermin along the streets in the old part of city.

san-fermin (27)

San Fermin is accompanied by dancers and street entertainers. 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.

View pictures from day 2 here, the day of bull running, and some additional pictures from day 1.

san-fermin (2)

san-fermin (3)

san-fermin (4)

san-fermin (1)

san-fermin (5)

san-fermin (6)

san-fermin (7)

san-fermin (8)

san-fermin (9)

san-fermin (10)

san-fermin (11)

san-fermin (12)

san-fermin (13)

san-fermin (14)

san-fermin (15)

san-fermin (16)

san-fermin (17)

san-fermin (18)

san-fermin (19)

san-fermin (20)

san-fermin (21)

san-fermin (22)

san-fermin (23)

san-fermin (24)

san-fermin (25)

san-fermin (26)

san-fermin (28)

san-fermin (29)

san-fermin (30)

Photos: AP / GETTY / AFP / EPA / REUTERS

13 comments:

  1. that's crazy! so cool! :D

    ReplyDelete
  2. I was there CRAZY!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Looks more like the Festival of San Fermented.

    It's also the world's largest wet t-shirt contest, where the contestants are spritzed with wine instead of water - making it WAY more fun!

    ReplyDelete
  4. WOWOWO!!! I strongly suggest you a great s ite
    :)【S-U-G-A-R】 【M-O-M-M-A】【 D-A-T-E】.* 【C,0m】:):)
    _Best single dating site in the world! which gives you a chance to make your life better and open opportunities for you to meet the attractive singles and treat you like a king or Queen. Maybe you wanna check it out or tell your friends.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow..great to see people gathering on the road and enjoying great festival. I loved it.

    ReplyDelete
  6. wish i was there
    maybe next year

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow incredible pictures and an amazing number of people with such a small space. Added to my bucket list.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Wow,I like this festival, i wish go to it

    ReplyDelete
  9. disgusting animals...

    ReplyDelete
  10. Funnily enough, those (only foreigner) guys, falling from the fountain, get worse (spinal) injuries than the local people running in front of the bulls.
    The moral: Get drunk, but don´t do silly things, or do silly things but without drinking.

    ReplyDelete

Comment moderation is enabled. It may take a while for your comments to appear.