The sun will not be rising again this year as Pamplona’s world famous taurine festival celebrating the town’s parton saint, San Fermin has been cancelled for the second year running.
The Mayor, Enrique Maya, made the announcement saying: “I never thought this could happen.” but that due to the continuing surge of coronavirus cases the town will have to wait until 2022 when “ee will do it with the usual enthusiasm multiplied by three.”
The last time the San Fermin festival were cancelled two years in a row was during the Civil War, in 1937 and 1938.
The cancelation is a blow to the local economy – as the week long event is a massive draw for international and Spanish aficionados. It is estimated that thepopulation of the town exceeds more than 3 times its population during the fedtivities with all hotels and tourist apartments booked out a year or more in advance.
The festival sees a daily bullrun and a full week of corridas bringing together some of the most celebrated bullfighters and bull breeders in the country.