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Running of the Bulls (encierro)
Sanfermines Vaquillas Pamplona 08.jpgThe bull run in Pamplona
Location(s) Pamplona and other

Monument in Pamplona

The *Running of the Bulls* (in Spanish: /encierro/, from the verb
/encerrar/, to corral, to enclose) is a practice that involves running in
front of a small group of cattle, typically six, of the /toro bravo/ breed
that have been let loose on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town's

The most famous running of the bulls is that of the eight-day festival of
Sanfermines in honour of Saint Fermin in Pamplona,^[2] although they are
also traditionally held in other places such as towns and villages across
Spain, Portugal, in some cities in Mexico,^[3] and southern France during
the summer.

According to the Mayor of Pamplona in his foreword to the book /Fiesta: How
To Survive The Bulls Of Pamplona/ the origin of this event comes from the
need to transport the bulls from the fields outside the city, where they
were bred, to the bullring, where they would be killed in the evening.
(Although in most cities today the bulls are bred in other parts of the
country before being transported to corrals on the outskirts of the city by
truck.) During this 'run', youngsters would jump among them to show off
their bravado. In Pamplona and other places, the six bulls in the event are
still those that will feature in the afternoon bullfight of the same day.

Spanish tradition says the true origin of the run began in northeastern
Spain during the early 14th century. While transporting cattle in order to
sell them at

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Running_of_the_Bulls

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