Catalonia, the Spanish region where independence sentiment runs strong, voted to ban bullfighting in a move that some said stressed its differences from the rest of Spain. But the old pastimes popularity is fading, and activists said it was simply the humane thing to do.
Even as the tide turns against bullfighting, Ernest Hemingway is remembered as a champion of the sport.
In Sunday's match of Spain vs The Netherlands, most Europeans are excited about watching two great teams whose styles and history go way back, but who have never won.
A girl attends a procession of a statue of San Fermin in honor of the saint during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, on Wednesday. San Fermin, the patron saint of the festival, is said to protect the hundreds of runners that participate in the traditional running of the bulls.
Even far from India, this celebration stills holds meaning.