The San Fermin Festival Kicks off in front of Pamplona's City Hall


Known best for the running of the bulls ceremony, the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain is actually a week-long event consisting of dozens of centruies-old traditions (most of which do not involve the risk of being gored.)


The festival kicks off each year on July 6 with the lighting of the chupinazo, a rocket that signifies the start of the celebration. Thousands of revelers gather in front of Pamplona's City Hall to watch the pyrothecnic display.


Following a week of traditional rituals that are rooted in Spain's national identity, the event comes to a close at midnight on July 14 during a candlelit singing of Pobre de Mi (Poor Me) in Townhall Square.


While this year's San Fermin Festival is winding down, it's never too early to start planning next year's celebration. Get started by booking a cheap flight to Spain with CheapOair.


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