What is the sanfermines?
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What is the French translation of the English phrase 'Running of the bulls'?
Sanfermines is one of the French equivalents of the English phrase "Running of the bulls". Specifically, the festival is held in the city of Pamplona in the Basque province of Nafarroa (Navarre). The festival runs from July 6th to July 14th. The second day of the festival, July 7th, is the day upon which Pamplona celebrates the feast day of Saint Fermin (272-303). The pronunciation will be "sah-fehr-meen" in French.
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What is the reason for the running of the bulls in pamplona Spain?
Originally the encierro, or the confining the bulls, was simply a way to move the animals from the ranches, or corrals outside of the city walls, to the market for slaughter. This was done in the early morning hours before the city awoke and was the normal practice throughout Spain. Bullfighting began when the nobles, with nothing better to do when not hunting or off fighting a war, would arrange to fight and kill the animals for sport, first from horseback with a sword, then from the ground, as they soon discovered that fighting bulls, Toros bravos, are aggressive and killed many of their best horses before the day was out. The bulls were slaughtered and the meat, too lean for nobles, was given to the poor, or sold at the market. The "running of the bulls" in Pamplona evolved much later when the local men on their way to work, some in suits, some in traditional work clothes, stopped to help the "pastores", or shepherds, herd the bulls through the narrow streets of Pamplona's old city, using their rolled up newspapers to control the bulls direction and to keep them moving. This went on for years until the dates for the Feira del Toro, the festival of the bull, were changed by the city council to coincide with the more traditional, and religious, Fiesta de San Fermín. Together they are more commonly known as the Sanfermines.