Religious row over San Fermin running of bulls

6th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 July 2006, PAMPLONA — Religious beliefs caused a row at the start of the famous Running of the Bulls festival in San Fermin on Thursday.

6 July 2006

PAMPLONA — Religious beliefs caused a row at the start of  the famous Running of the Bulls festival in San Fermin on Thursday.

The councillor, who had to launch the week-long festival of the bulls, which is attended by hundreds from across the world, refused to utter the traditional shout because it would mean uttering the name of Saint Fermin, whose name was given to the festival.

Traditionally, the major or a councillor shouts the cry 'Viva San Fermin' from the town hall in front of hundreds of runners who will risk life and limb in the streets, chased by bulls.

Instead, Javier Eskubi, councillor of Aralar, said: 'Long live the fiestas of San Fermin!' in Basque and Spanish.

But moments afterwards, however, Yolanda Barcina, the mayor of Pamplona, grabbed the microphone, and shouted the more traditional cry.

The running of the bulls will start on Friday.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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