The Running of the Bulls, also known as San Fermín, is a huge Spanish tradition. This event takes place every year in Pamplona, Spain, on July 7 through July 14. The running of the bulls takes place each morning. The bulls that run will be used in the bullfights each afternoon, where they will be killed by the Matador. The fiestas are celebrated in honor of Saint Fermín, patron of Navarra. Because of it’s importance in the Spanish culture, the Spanish teachers at Forbush High School like to celebrate it with their students each year.
Both Señora White and Señora Helton spend time educating their students about the festival before their running of the bulls activity. For this activity, a few students volunteer to dress in a bull costume, and the others dress in a white T-shirt and a red bandanna or scarf, which is part of the traditional attire for participants in the festival in Spain. This scarf has a religious origin for the Spanish. For religious ceremonies in honor of a saint, if the saint is a martyr and died for his beliefs, the priests dress in red. In the case of the festival in honor of San Fermín, the scarf is presented because he was martyred. The students in the bull costumes chase the other students as a representation of what happens in the bull run that takes place in Spain.
This is a fun and educational experience for students taking a Spanish class. They get an opportunity to tap into true Spanish culture, while also getting to get a little bit of enjoyable exercise. It’s important for students in these classes to get a sense what the Spanish culture is like so they know the significance in learning their language.
Sydney Dinkins is a student at Forbush High School.