Holidays and Festivals in Pamplona

Running of the Bulls (Fiesta de San Fermín) July 6-13th:

This is undoubtedly the most important event in Pamplona which is a city in the region of Navarre. The festival includes parades of Gigantes and Cabezudos and is later continued to the procession in honour of San Fermin. There are numerous bullfights throughout the festive days and they are also driven through the streets. Daring men and women take part in the race and run ahead of the bulls as they chase. There are hundreds of bystanders who watch the episode while their heart keeps skipping beats! This legendary event had been well described in Ernest Hemingway’s novel, ‘The sun also rises’.

The Carnival (February):

There is a special Carnival that takes place in the second week of February. Every year, there are movies which are selected and excerpts of it are enacted in front of the audience. From colourful costumes to dance and music, there is a lot of talent presented here. The prime part of this is when the Doll of Mari Trapu is burnt. The doll represents the chief of the Franks who had demolished the village in the 12th century and was later burned in his own tower. 7th of February is celebrated as Boilermakers, which remembers the old gipsy tribes who used to come to the town and sell products before such events happened.

Feast of San Blas (February):

3rd February in Pamplona marks the date of this feast. There are a procession and mass, which is followed by the sale of numerous food items in different stalls. The procession starts at 10 a.m. and food is celebrated post-High Mass. The event happens in San Nicolás Square and includes over 40 stalls all through. The event lasts till 9 at night so the visitors can plan all their meals and stay here all day!

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