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Pentecost “ferias” May 27, 2009

Filed under: Old traditions — mariedebretagne2 @ 5:03 pm

When bulls are supposed to become kings

Many French cities , in the south of France, have got a very popular tradition called “feria” ( Spanish name for fair, festival and corrida). Most of them will start at the end of this week and will be carried on until their apex on Whit Monday.



The best kown feria will take place in Nîmes at the end of this week. Nîmes is an inland town in the south east of France. It has an arena dating from Roman times in France where corridas can take place.

Havin a run with small bulls

Having a run with small bulls

This weekend and for 6 days starting tomorrow, the event will bring together about one million people from France but also from a lot of foreign countries.Young bulls run in the streets and young men try to provoke and get away from their horns. Very dangerous indeed.


The best bull fighters will be there, like each year since 1952. If you don’t like corridas and I don’t, there will be plenty of other events to attend.

The best part of these festivities is the get-together and the good fun you have with your friends and the evenings are very pleasant. You can taste wine ( not too much though), dance, sing and listen to festive music played by brass bands. The atmosphere is great and you can have 4 nice evenings in a row!!














It is nice to see brave bulls running after fast young men but I don’t think the bull killing adds anything to this feria! To me the fight between man and beast is not fair. The bull is weakened so much by picadores ( the ones on their horses) that the brave animal doesn’t stand a chance.


2 Responses to “Pentecost “ferias””

  1. Gina Says:

    I didn’t know in France there was this kind of event , I was sure the Corrida was only in Spain. Surely it will be a pictoresque performance, but I agree with you, I don’t like such as these cruel shows in which animals are killed in cruel way only for people fun!

  2. Marie-France Says:

    Hi Gina,

    I don’t know where you are from in Italy but you may be closer to Nîmes than us in Brittany. If you don’t mind crowds it could be worth it to pay the feria a visit. No need to attend corridas. The town is just great at that time of year: music… and the weather is great too ( not like in summer when it is too hot . The town often has the highest temperatures at that time).

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