An Artistic Travel Souvenir to Add to Your Fridge Magnet Collection
This bright, colorful magnet is crafted in the image of the iconic Spanish bull in recognition of the country's time- honored tradition of Corrida del Toro- bullfighting. Literally translating the term means, "Running of the Bulls", and the activity has been in existence throughout written history, not only in Spain but around the world. There is mention of bullfighting in ancient Greece in 2000 BC, but the modern style of Spanish bullfighting began in the early 1700s.
In traditional Spanish style bullfighting, three participants called matadors enter the ring with six bulls weighing in at about 1000 pounds each. Each matador is supposed to fight two of the six bulls during a contest in three stages. Costumed matadors taunt the bull with a magenta and gold-colored cape, goading him to stampede, and in the final stage the matador must kill the bull with a sword.
Seeing a Bullfight in Spain, and the Controversy over Animal Rights
There has been a growing movement in recent years to put an end to the tradition of bullfighting in Spain as animal rights activists protest the treatment of the bulls. Despite this controversy, bullfighting is still a very popular event for the Spanish and also for the tourists who come expecting to see a traditional bullfight or to enjoy one of the country's many bullfighting festivals.
Pamplona, Grenada, Madrid and Seville are all cities where bullfighting events are held at various times throughout the year. In Pamplona, one of the most famous festivals begins with the well -known "Running of the Bulls," when a bull is released in the city streets prior to a bullfight and young matadors taunt it and run from it through the city. It's a dangerous activity but it's also one that many adventurous tourists attempt to join so they can have the bragging rights.