Today was the chupinazo, the big party and celebration that marks the beginning of the week-long San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. Marga and I have been to San Fermin twice, and we are fans of the festival. The chupinazo is also important to us because, exactly one year ago today, on July 6, 2008, right around noon, the two gametes, each containing half of my daughter’s DNA, fused together to form the strand of DNA that has guided the creation of a new human being. It’s amazing what that little cell turned into in only one year.
So today, at noon, we gathered around the television to watch the chupinazo. It really is quite a spectacle and is broadcast across Spain live every year. Thousands of young people gather in the town hall square of Pamplona to spray each other with wine and champagne. This video should give you some idea of what it’s like:
The photos of una familia san ferminera:
Oh, and you’re supposed to wear only red and white.
Happy San Fermin, everybody! Happy conception day, Nora!