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Spain’s annual bull running festival kicks off amid heavy rain

Participants drank and sprayed sangria ahead of the opening of the festival which draws tourists from around the world for its daily bull runs in the city’s narrow streets.

Spain's annual bull racing festival kicks off amid heavy rain

The festival of Sanfermines, also known as the Running of the Bulls, is a week-long festival that has hundreds of people being charged at by a dozen bulls. It is considered one of the maddest footraces in the world. Held in Pamplona, Spain, annually, it is also held in other parts of the country, Portugal and some cities in Mexico. In India, the festival garnered a lot of attention after it was featured in the climax scene of the 2011 hit film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. (Source: AP)

Spain's annual bull racing festival kicks off amid heavy rain

Participants drank and sprayed sangria ahead of the opening of the festival which draws tourists from around the world for its daily bull runs in the city’s narrow streets. (Source: AP)

Spain's annual bull racing festival kicks off amid heavy rain

Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. The nine-day San Fermin fiesta became world famous with Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel 'The Sun Also Rises' and attracts thousands of foreign tourists. (Source: AP)

Spain's annual bull racing festival kicks off amid heavy rain

The runs, during which the bulls chase runners through the streets, start each morning at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) over a stretch of 800 meters (0.5 mile).(Source: AP)

Spain's annual bull racing festival kicks off amid heavy rain

Spanish bullfighter Lopez Simon is pushed by Fuente Ymbro's bull in the bullring during bullfighter at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on Tuesday July 10, 2018. (Source: AP)

Spain's annual bull racing festival kicks off amid heavy rain

Young runners run beside a toy bull at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain on Tuesday. (Source: AP)

Spain's annual bull racing festival kicks off amid heavy rain

Revellers dressed in white and red color sing San Fermin's songs at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain. (Source: AP)

Spain's annual bull racing festival kicks off amid heavy rain

Saturdays are statistically the most dangerous day of the San Fermin festival, leaving around seven people hurt each year. (Source: AP)