Bullfights are traditional in Mexico and there are about 220 permanent bullrings all over Mexico. The season starts in November and ends in April.
While some consider that bullfighting is never fair because the bull dies, it’s also important to remember that as much as a quarter of the bullfighters are seriously injured at least once during their careers.
For someone who has never seen a bullfight, the event seems dangerous, thrilling and cruel. Despite its popularity in Mexico, bullfighting seems to stumble and head for its own demise, having to fight for the audience.
Where can I watch a bullfight?
Mexico’s capital is home to the largest bullfighting arena in the world, capable of housing 60,000 people. Plaza de toros de Mexico is one of the most famous bullrings in the world and has been open since 1946.
Wednesdays at 3:30 PM bullfights are held in Plaza de Toros.
Each Wednesday at 5 PM, from November to April, you can watch bullfights at the bullring located in the Toros Plaza in Puerto Vallarta.
There is a bullring in Tijuana, open during the summer months. Located in Playas de Tijuana, it’s the only seaside bullring in the entire world.
History and styles of bullfighting
Bullfighting is not new. Its roots are based in the prehistoric bull worship and sacrifice. The killing of the sacred bull was an essential part of Mithras, commemorated where Roman soldiers were stationed. In fact, many of the oldest bullrings in Spain are located near temples dedicated to Mithras.
There are several styles of bullfighting. While some don’t include the killing of the bull in the arena, due to the injuries suffered the animal would end up dead anyway, not long after the fight.
Bullfighting is banned in many countries, while “bloodless” bullfights are popular in some countries.