History of La Fiesta de San Fermin

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• La fiesta de San Fermin is celebrated
in the city of Pamplona (Navarre,
Spain).
• It starts on July 6th and ends on July
14th.
• Visitors from all around the world
come to Spain to celebrate la fiesta
de San Fermin.
• The purpose of la fiesta de San
Fermin is to honor Saint Fermin, a
Pamplona bishop who travelled
converting people to Christianity.
• La fiesta de San Fermin originated when
three festivals were combined into one.
These festivals were the San Fermin
festival, the town fair of Pamplona, and a
celebration of bullfighting.
• When the festival ends at midnight on
July 14th, everyone sings the sad
farewell song called “pobre de mi” to
express their longing for the next year
to come.
• There aren’t any holidays we
celebrate here that are similar to la
fiesta de San Fermin.
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Encierro- running of the bulls
Perseguir- to pursue, chase
Manada- crowd, herd
Arremeter- to attack, charge
Estampida- stampede
Coraje- courage, nerve, anger
Heridos- injured people
Bestia- a beast, ignorant, rude
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Lanzar- to throw
Asustarse- to be scared
Amanecer- break of dawn
Plaza de Toros- bullring
Matador- bullfighter
Tedio- tedious
Derroche- to waste, throw
• Thousands of people, mainly men, run the
streets of Spain with the bulls.
• Some of the roads are blocked off so that
the bulls eventually end up in the bullring.
• Two dozen bulls enter the bullring
charging through about two thousand men,
flinging them to the side occasionally.
• La fiesta de San Fermin isn’t just the
running of the bulls. It has religious origins
too.
• Events such as the procession take place
on the morning of July 7th. This religious
celebration complements the iconic bull- a
totem- and Baco, the god of wine.
• La fiesta de San Fermin started in
1951.
• Everyone wears red and white during
the days of la fiesta de San Fermin.
• The running of the bulls is the most
popular and well known part of la
fiesta de San Fermin.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gog4RR41sV4
• How many days does la fiesta de San Fermin
last and where is the festival held?
• Who is Saint Fermin and what did he do?
• What are the three festivals that make up la
fiesta de San Fermin?
• Why do people sing the song “Pobre de mi”?
• What holidays here are similar to la fiesta de
San Fermin?
Official Website of the Navarre Tourist Board.
History of... The fiesta of San Fermín
San Fermin festival Sanfermines tourist
information on Navarre. Retrieved
January 23, 2013, from
http://www.turismo.navarra.es/eng/p
ropuestas/sanfermines/desarrollo/fiesta.htm
200 Words a Day! Spanish, French, German,
Italian, Welsh vocab builder.. Fiesta
de San Fermin - The Festival of San
Fermin. Retrieved January 23, 2013,
from http://www.200words-aday.com/fiesta-de-san-fermin.html
(1996, ). Learn Spanish in Spain, Spanish
Courses in Spain | don Quijote.
Spanish Festival - San Fermin.
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