Running Of The Banging Bulls

How do you like your fireworks displays? If you’re Mexican, the answer is simple – loud, singeing your buttocks, bursting your eardrums, setting fire to your clothes and, most importantly of all, at 3am when everyone is trying to get to sleep.I’m sure the main aim of most Mexican fireworks displays is to disturb as many people as possible. They are usually pretty successful.

Seriously, no celebration, especially a religious celebration, in Mexico is complete until a few rockets have been set off. Bigger events will merit ‘castles’ of spinning, colourful pyrotechnics and one or twice a year the believers who attend the church outside my home will bring along large ‘bull’ frames, loaded with gunpowder and carried aloft by a lucky soul of the congregation, as he runs around chasing anyone and everyone.

The video below was published by the BBC today and shows a pretty ferocious display in progress, complete with the bulls…large ones at that. Today’s celebration was in honour of the patron sait of pyrotechnics. I’d love to be able to tell you more about them, but to be honest, I usually stand at a safe distance, shake my head in wonder and mutter things like ‘nutters’. But with far more admiration than contempt. After all, I have been known to play around with the odd banger myself…

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4 thoughts on “Running Of The Banging Bulls

  1. Nez says:


    This brings back memories 🙂

    Admittedly the clip showed a far more dangerous scenario than I ever found myself experiencing, but it still brought back memories of the October celebrations we have in my family’s town. Cuetes, torritos, castillos and all…I always Loved it. Though I tried keeping my distance my natural Mexican instinct led me to weaving in and out from el torro’s menacing path (did I ever tell you of the time I was chased by a real herd of bulls? Ok, so it was one bull and the rest were cows, but it was still terrifying!). I’d always get a rush, though I played it safe and wasn’t nearly as brave (or stupid really) to get right in front of it. It was lovely.

    Thanks for sharing. I haven’t taken part in this kind of event in a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng time. Last time I did, I ended up zig zagging my way to my aunt’s house, trying to avoid the dangerous sparks…and getting bitten by the neighbors “perrito”… so the clip has been a bit nostalgic for me.


    • Actually it’s not these organized fireworks displays that get me….its the random ones involving just rockets and bangers after midnight! Some of the smaller towns on the outskirts of the city have fantastic castles and bulls.


  2. KimG says:

    Looks like they’re having fun.

    If you don’t like this kind of thing, you should have moved to a quieter country. LOL


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we do fireworks on the 4th of July on a barge in the river (celebrating having shaken off you lot, by the way).


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