How come he has ended up being the patron saint for all this partying? A french Bishop -San Saturnino- came down to bring the Good News to the local heathens.
The history of the San Fermín Procession The Chapel of San Fermín What exactly is “la Corte de San Fermín”? All this celebrating is going on thanks to a saint called San Fermín.
It seems he was the son of the local head man when Pamplona was just another city belonging to the great Roman Empire back in the third century A. He did such a good job on San Fermín that this guy decided to go up to France – to Toulouse to do some more learning and to become a bishop.
However, it seems he ran up against the local powers-to-be up there and got himself tortured and beheaded for his trouble.
The body is still up there in the local Cathedral, but some parts of it are spread round as valuable relics.
Three such relics eventually made their way to Pamplona back in the middle ages and they made the guy very popular round these parts.
It’s a bit ironic really that, with the curriculum that he’s got, this saint should be the excuse for the annual Baccal that has become so famous round the world.
His body, which was buried in secret by some Christians, was found, amazingly enough, centuries later, on January 13, 615, in the bishopric of San Salvio.
It was moved to a nearby city where some magnificent Gothic reliefs from the 15th century, located in the space behind the altar of the cathedral where his remains are conserved. Many people will have heard tell of San Fermin, and at least recognize the name, thanks to the Fiestas that are held each year in Pamplona in his honor.However, there are few people who realize that his history, like that of many other saints, is based on legend.According to many scholars there is no historical authenticity to be found for his life.He would probably turn in his grave if he only knew.But let’s be fair, for many people it is something more than just “a damn good party”.And so there is a pretty classy procession on his feastday – the 7th of July.