The first authentic references to The Giants in San Fermin date from the beginning of the XVII century
in 1607 one Joanes de Azcona is named as being responsible for bringing out the assemblage of Giants along with a minstrel who was responsible for providing the accompanying music. In 1620 it is recorded that a carpenter, Joan de Torrobas, was paid 88 "reales" to mend four Giants
Txuìnazo / The rocket
In 1931 a local Pamplona man called Etxepare began the custom of firing off an opening rocket to set off the fiestas.
But who was San Fermin really?
All this celebrating is going on thanks to a saint called San Fermín. How come he has ended up being the patron saint for all this partying?
Prizes at the San Fermin fiestas
More than 35 different prizes are awarded at the San Fermin fiestas, the most noteworthy being in the fields of art and bullfighting.
Bombo de Oro
This is one of the newest awards that get handed out during Sanfermin fiestas, but the qualities looked for may make it one of the longest runners as time passes.
Gallico de Oro
The Napardi gastronomical society, founded in 1953, pays recognition to people from Pamplona who has stood out in a praiseworthy manner in different fields of Navarra society over the year.