The Fire Bull Festival.


A bull with flammable balls of tar attached to its horns during the “Toro de Jubilo” fire bull festival.
The event starts when flammable balls attached to a bull’s horns are set alight. The bull is covered with a thick layer of mud on the back and face to protect it from burns.
(Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images).
with Alan Taylor.
The Toro de Jubilo is an ancient tradition held annually at midnight in the Spanish town of Medinaceli.
The event starts when a bull is tied to a post and flammable balls of tar are attached to its horns. Mud is caked on its face and back to protect it from the flames.
The tar balls are then set alight, the bull released, and revelers dodge the animal until the flammable material burns out and fireworks are set off.
Police officers move to take away animal rights activists who tied themselves with a chain in middle of the bull ring, to protest the Toro de Jubilo, or Fire Bull Festival, in Medinaceli, Spain.
(AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
This year’s event was delayed when animal rights activists occupied the bullring in Medinaceli. The protesters were removed by police officers, and the Toro de Jubilo proceeded as planned. Gathered here are scenes from this year’s event.
A reveler uses a piece of cloth as a cape in front of a bull during the Toro de Jubilo in Medinaceli, Spain.
(Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
See more Images via Toro de Jubilo, the Fire Bull Festival – In Focus – The Atlantic.

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