Running of the Bulls in Mexico

Running of the Bulls in Mexico

Sunday following August 15
The running of the bulls that takes place on the Sunday following the Feast of the Assumption in Huamantla, Tlaxcala, Mexico, is considered to be far more dangerous than the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, during the San Fermin Festival. This is because the bulls are released from cages in nine different locations, making it almost impossible for those who are trying to outrun the bulls to anticipate the direction from which they are coming or the path that they are likely to follow through the maze of streets that lead to the arena. In Pamplona, the bulls are all released in one location, and they follow a well-known route to the bullring.
This particular running of the bulls dates back to the time when the Spanish conquistadores first brought cattle to Mexico, and the custom of running the bulls through the streets of Huamantla was observed every year until it began to fade around 1700. A group of local people revived the tradition in the 1920s as part of the Assumption Fiesta .
CONTACTS:
Tlaxcala Tourist Office
Avenida Juarez esq. Lardizabal
Tlaxcala, 90000 Mexico
52-246-465-0900
www.tlaxcala.gob.mx
SOURCES:
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 135