The COVID-19 pandemic has forced European authorities to put aside some major events on the continent. The latest victims of the coronavirus crisis are the Oktoberfest and the popular beer festival in Munich in Germany and the San Fermin Fiesta, the famous bull run festival in Spain.
The beer festival is scheduled to be held in Bavaria in Germany from September 19 to October 4, and the San Fermin Fiesta for 8 days, which will be held in the streets of Pamplona, a northern city in Spain, starting July 6.
The famous Oktoberfest, which began in 1810, attracted nearly 60 lakhs of people from Germany and abroad, and earned more than 1.2 billion dollars. Previously, the festival was canceled in 1854 and 1873 because of cholera. It was also saved during world war and in 1923 when inflation touched new heights in Germany.
Nearly 10 lakhs of people attend the annual bull running party known as the Spanish national festival. The main gala includes bull fights, bull running through narrow streets, parades and music concerts. Fiesta San Fermin has been suspended only three times in its history. The Spanish civil war played spoilsport in 1937 and 1938, and the festival was canceled in 1978 after a student died in riots.