Staged for the first time in 1952, it lasts for five days, from Thursday to Whit Monday. In the same way as the Munich beer festival, it is one of the most popular festive events in Europe. Imported to France in the mid 19th Century from Spain, the corrida has become increasingly popular. The tradition of pitting man against bull is an ancient and particularly Mediterranean custom. The corrida involves various elaborate stages of weakening, angering, injuring and finally killing the bull. These stages are executed with elaborate and ornate ceremony, accompanied by music, in front of often vast crowds. To find out more about the bull which gives the festival its central focus and identity, visit the Museum of ‘Tauromachie’.