스페인도 정열적인 나라라는 것은 익히 알려졌으나 이 축제는 접할 때마다 도를 넘어서는 저들의 정열은 존경할 만하다. 탱고, 집시 춤, 투우, 등으로 대변되는 독특하면서도 피를 끓게 하는 동작과 움직임은 동양인들 같이 정적인 문화에 물들여진 우리에겐 동경의 대상이면서 다른 세계이다.
올해도 이번 주에 Pamplona에서 열린 소와 도심을 달리는 그들의 축제는 세계의 이목을 끌고 경이의 눈으로 감탄을 금치 못하겠다. 12마리 정도의 황소를 우리에서 내쫓는 것으로 시작하여 좁은 골목길을 지나가는 동안 운집한 관중들 중 달리기에 자신있으며 도전하고 싶은 정신이 가득한 용감한 젊은이들이 앞에서 옆에서 뒤에서 뛰는 것을 보면서 조마조마한 마음을 가눌 길이 없다. 사람에 걸려 넘어지기가 싶상인데다 미처 뒤에서 달려오는 소를 보지 못하여 받치기도 하는데 크게 안 다쳤으면 하는 마음이 가득하다. 올 해도 예년 처럼 엄청난 사람들이 모여 축제 한마당을 벌였다. 동영상을 보며 스릴 넘치는 현장감을 느껴 보는 재미도 상당하다.
마지막에 7월 7일날 한 것과 8일, 9일, 2010년 10일과 11일에 벌어졌던 소몰이를 보시라.
소들은 전체 길이 825미터의 좁은 골목길을 약 3분 정도로 통과하여 투우장까지 가서 오후에 투우 경기용으로 사용되고 그 날 뛴 소들은 전부 죽는다. 모인 참가자들은 성자에게 신변 보호를 위하여 세 번의 구호를 외치고 첫 번째 불꽃이 쏘아지는 것으로 소가 나오기 시작하여 마지막 소가 우리에서 나오면 두 번째로 알리고 투우장에 모든 소가 들어가면 세 번째 불꽃을 쏘고 우리에 완전히 다 들어가면 네 번째 불꽃을 쏘아 경기가 끝남을 알린다.
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Running of the bulls
The running of the bulls involves hundreds of people running in front of six bulls and another six steers down an 825-metre (0.51 mile) stretch of narrow streets of a section of the old town of Pamplona. The event begins at 8 a.m. when a first firecracker is lit to announce the release of the bulls from their corral. It is held between the 7th and the 14th. Runners gather earlier at the beginning of the itinerary to ask for the protection of the Saint by singing a chant three times before a small statue of San Fermin which has been placed in a raised niche in a wall. A second cracker signals that the last bull has left the corral. The run ends in the Pamplona's bullring taking a mean time of around 3 minutes where the bulls would be held until the afternoons bullfight when they would be killed. Once all of the bulls have entered the arena, a third rocket is released while a fourth firecracker indicates that the bulls are in their bullpens and the run has concluded. The event is dangerous. Since 1925, 15 people have been killed during the event –– most recently on 10 July 2009 -- and every year between 200 and 300 people are injured during the run although most injuries are contusions due to falls and are not serious. After the end of the run young cows with wrapped horns are released in the bullring and toss the participants, to the amusement of the crowd.
An Australian man was gored in the leg and six other people were injured Friday as daredevils ran with fighting bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.
Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla faces his second bull during the sixth bullfight of the Fiesta de San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain, July 10.
A Miura fighting bull attempts to leap over the barrier during the fourth bullfight of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 10.
A reveler sleeps before the running of the bulls at the San Fermin fiestas, in Pamplona, July 10.
Revelers run as Miura's ranch fighting bulls follow, on Estafeta street during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, July 10.
Men prepare to take part in San Fermin festival's "Comparsa de gigantes y cabezudos" (Parade of the giants and the big heads) in Pamplona, July 9. Enormous puppets accompanied by brass bands parade daily through the city during the nine-day-long festival.
Revellers run from the "Fire Bull", a man carrying a metal structure loaded with fireworks on the fourth day of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, July 9.
Spanish bullfighter David Mora, center, waits to make "the paseillo" or ritual entrance to the arena before a bullfight in Pamplona, July 8.
Spanish bullfighter Jesus Martinez "Morenito de Aranda" performs a pass during the second bullfight of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, July 8.
Spanish bullfighter David Mora is gored by the second bull during the fourth bullfight of the Fiesta de San Fermin in Pamplona, July 8.
A "recortador" performs with a fighting bull during an exhibition of acrobatic skills at the bullring on the fourth day of the annual San Fermin festival in Pamplona, July 9.
A bull takes a tumble at the Estafeta corner during the second running.
A bull takes off a runner's shirt
A boy reacts in fear as an enormous puppet lifts up his hat during a parade of costumed characters.
A runner is trampled during the second running at the San Fermin Festival.
Revelers try to keep ahead of the bulls on the estafeta corner.
People toss a girl in the air in the early hours before the San Fermin running of the bulls.
A calf, used to amuse revelers, jumps into the arena after the running of the bulls at San Fermin festival.
Runners take their places before the first bull run.
Participants run with the fighting bulls during the San Fermin festival bull run. The festival is the symbol of Spanish culture that attracts thousands of tourists to watch the bull run.
A runner is turned around by a young bull after finishing the first run of the festival. Four peoples are lightly injured in the bull run.
A man tries to avoid a steer that broke away from the fighting bulls during the second day of festival.
A man falls next to a steer during the first bull run.
A runner hangs from a wooden door as a Cebada Gago fighting bull passes during the second running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival on July 8. Six people were treated in hospital and a 24-year-old Australian man was gored in the leg in a run that lasted three minutes and ten seconds, according to local news sources.
Vídeo Promocional San Fermin - Pamplona 2011
San Fermin 2011 - 2nd Run
Revelers run next to fighting bulls.
A fighting bull takes the curve during the San Fermin festival on July 8. People come from all over the world to test their bravery in the daily bull runs and enjoy the festival's nonstop street parties which last until July 14.
Pamplona Bull Run / Fiesta San Fermin 2011
Revelers run next to Cebada Gago ranch fighting bulls on July 8.
A photographer waits with his camera inside a shop decorated with a painting of Saint Fermin on the Estafeta Corner before the second running of the bulls on July 8.
Mexican matador Arturo Saldivar is trampled by a Torrestrella bull during a bullfight held as part of the San Fermin festival on July 7.
Revelers are surprised by an angry leading ox, used to drive the fighting bulls during the running of the bulls on July 7.
A man falls next to a steer during the first bull run on July 7.
Several 'mozos' or runners are chased by bulls from Torrestrella ranch during the first bull run on July 7. Four people were lightly injured.
Revelers take cover before a fighting cow leaps over them at Pamplona's bullring after the first bull run on July 7.
An image of Saint Fermin is carried through the street. People come from all over the world to test their bravery in the early bull runs and enjoy the nonstop street parties until July 14.
Revelers run as people look on from the balconies during the first bull run.
A festival-goer jumps from a fountain to be caught by the crowd during the beginning of San Fermin festival. The festival includes the running of bulls through the historic heart of the town for eight days starting July 7 and was central to the 1926 novel "The sun also rises" by Earnest Hemingway.
Young women celebrate during the opening of San Fermin festival in the town square.
People wearing red scarves stand on the balconies during the start of San Fermin festival.
Revelers are showered with water during the start of San Fermin festival. The annual festival, best known for its daily running with bulls, kicked off Wednesday with the traditional "chupinazo" rocket launch and will run until July 14.
Water is thrown from a balcony onto revelers during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiesta in Pamplona, July 6. The festival, held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.
Thousands filled the main square in Pamplona July 6 for the festival's official start.
Thousand of people wave red scarves as they crowd the Plaza Ayntamiento after setting off of the chupinazo rocket to announce the start of the festival.
A man is tossed by fellow revelers on the opening day of the festival.
A group of people linked arms to catch a reveler in Pamplona's square after the firing of the "chupinazo" rocket at the start of the festival.
Festival-goers celebrate the beginning of the San Fermin festival in the town square.
Revelers drink wine while celebrating the 'Chupinazo' in Pamplona, July 6.
Primer Encierro de San Fermín día 7 julio Sanfermines 2011 Crestomatía TVE:
Bull Running on July 7th
Segundo Encierro de San Fermín día 8 julio Sanfermínes Pamplona 2011 Crestomatía TVE: On July 8th
Tercer Encierro Fiestas de San Fermín - 9 Julio SanFermines Pamplona - Crestomatía TVE: Third closure On July 9th
10 de Julio de 2010. Cuarto encierro de los Sanfermines: 4th Closure On July 10th
11 de Julio de 2010. Quinto encierro de los Sanfermines: 5th Closure on July 11