The Red Shawl – Running of the Bulls!
Planning to visit Spain anytime soon and wear that new red shawl you have bought? Heard about the Pamplona Bull Running festival and want to experience the rush of life by participating in it? Want to revel, drink and enjoy the festivity of the San Fermin festival? Well, then you better book your tickets for July to enjoy and partake in this celebration of life.
The San Fermin festival is popularly known for bullfighting. If you have a red shawl, then you can fit right in with the rest of the crowd. However, this Pamplona bull running festival wasn’t usually celebrated in July. It was celebrated in October and coincided with Feast of San Fermin. It however got shifted to the pleasant July for various religious reasons.
Get your red shawl on!
Colour red is associated with passion and vivacity and nothing could better describe this festival than this particular colour. During this festival, the streets are filled with throngs of crowd wearing red; a red scarf, some donning a red jacket or a cardigan or even a red shawl / red pashmina. It expresses the zest for life which these people have and the jubilation of such a life through the sport of bullfighting.
So, if you plan to travel to Spain during this festive season, then it is essential that you carry your favourite shawl and celebrate life like the residents do in San Fermin. Get lost among the sea of reds and indulge in some festive drinking while you watch bullfighting from the side-lines.
San Fermin and the colour red
Many wonder the cause of obsession with the colour red that Pamplona Bull fighting boasts of. As such, the colour red doesn’t signify anything as such in bull fighting. In fact, Bulls, like most animals cannot even distinguish between colours and are colour blind. So, even if you wear red or bright yellow, bull won’t be able to distinguish between these two. So, why is it that red is so vigorously worn by the crowd? Well, the answer is not exactly known.
Quite opposed the common perceptions, actually bulls are not affected by colour. Bulls are agitated by the sporadic movement of people running from them and hence, pursue. To the bulls, everything appears grey to them.
Many attribute this choice of colour to its symbolic meaning. People think that the red shawl or any red clothing is selected because it portrays the passion they have for life. It could also simply be to get a fuller figure.
Observe the rules of bullfighting while in Pamplona
While wearing a red shawl certainly won’t harm you while you enjoy the festivities, however, breaking any rules might result in some form of injury. If it is your first time at the festival, then go through all guidelines thoroughly and observe the first run from a distance. For beginners, it is recommended that they be acquainted with the form and only after that should you go on to chase the thrill. Don’t worry, you won’t miss out on anything, it occurs every day during this festivals. So, you can partake when you are ready.
However, if you are more of the watcher than the doer, then stand on the side-lines, and do not overstep beyond the fence in order to save your red shawl from being damaged by the bull. There have been many such incidents where the bull have crashed into the fence and have injured many.
So blend in with the crowd by wearing red shawl or watch from the balcony while you enjoy and revel in the joyous celebration of such a festival. Pashminas and Wraps has many red shawls available in various shades and tones. My favourites include the scarlet red pashmina and the true red pashmina from their Italian pashmina collection. If you want something a little more fiery to match the event in question then their red cashmere pashmina is the ideal choice!