The Diversity of Bullfighting Festivals in the World

Bullfighting has been an integral part of many cultures around the world, rooted in the tradition and history of various communities. As we travel to different corners of the planet, we come across a variety of celebrations that honor bullfighting in unique and exciting ways. In this article, we are going to dive into the diversity of bullfighting festivals and discover their differences and interesting points.

1. Bullfighting in Spain:

The Spanish bullfight is the best known and widely discussed. It is celebrated in many regions of Spain, the most famous being the Madrid and Sevilla Fairs, as well as the San Fermin fair in Pamplona, with the running of bulls. The Arena of  “Las Ventas” in Madrid, the capital of Spain, is the most important bullring in the world. You can visit it all year round, and bullfights take place there from March to October. Spanish bullfights involve normally three bullfighters facing off against six fighting bulls, displaying their prowess and bravery. A characteristic element is the cape, which is used to execute different lucks and passes.

2. Bullfighting in Mexico:

Mexico also has a deep bullfighting tradition and has the largest bullring in the world, the monumental of Mexico, with a capacity for 42,000 people. In addition, Mexico celebrates charreadas and jaripeos, events in which bulls are ridden and equestrian luck is performed, in a more focused approach on the skill of the rider.

3. Bullfighting in Portugal:

In Portugal, bullfights have a different nature. The killing the bull in the ring is not allowed, and the most famous Portuguese bullfights are performed on horseback. This variant is called “corrida de rejones” and highlights the elegance and skill of the bullfighter on horseback.

4. Parties in South America:

In South American countries such as Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, bullfighting festivals known as “corralejas” or “ferias” are celebrated. These festivities incorporate different local traditions and can include bullfights and equestrian activities, creating a unique cultural mosaic.

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