On Saturday 10th July, a Great Celebration took place in the heart of the east side of London: San Fermin. A festivity that is well known by some English speakers for the works Hemingway wrote about it.
This year the actual celebration has been characterized by the reclaims for the freedom of speech, after some incidents between organizers and the Town Hall of Pamplona, who banned the use of the Basque flag. for that reason every single Peña (organizing group) has made their banners in black with a reclaims for the Freedom of speech, and so has it been in London.
However, leaving the Political essence that anything seem to have in the Basque Lands it was a day of party for the basque community and friends who approached London Fields. There were musicians, and loads (more than 60 litres) of sangria, and basque games (see buzzes at naiara´s arm for reference of the effect the mixture had) such as SOKATIRA, sack races and others.
Started with the entzierro in Estafeta Kalea (provisionally located oppositte the Oxford House in Bethnal Green), and went in a pub crawl (pint per pub) from Bethnal Green to London Fields, accompanied by the bull and the musicians playing in the street.
Once in London Fields, many people joined and got involved in the games and dancing bit. A good day that will certainly soon be repeated!