He would probably turn in his grave if he only knew.
But let’s be fair, for many people it is something more than just “a damn good party”.
Some people take his life story with a pinch of salt. Fermin, his son, was taught by Honesto, and when he was 17 years old, he began to preach in the surrounding area.
Later, when he was 24 years old, he was confirmed as a bishop by Honorato, the prelate of Toulouse.
At 31 years of age, Fermín left to preach the Gospel in Gaul: at first in Aquitaine, Auvergne and Anjou, and finally in Armens, where he succeeded in achieving a great many conversions and where he was imprisoned.
On September 25, he suffered martyrdom by beheading.
How come he has ended up being the patron saint for all this partying? A french Bishop -San Saturnino- came down to bring the Good News to the local heathens.
The history of the San Fermín Procession The Chapel of San Fermín What exactly is “la Corte de San Fermín”? All this celebrating is going on thanks to a saint called San Fermín.It seems he was the son of the local head man when Pamplona was just another city belonging to the great Roman Empire back in the third century A. He did such a good job on San Fermín that this guy decided to go up to France – to Toulouse to do some more learning and to become a bishop.Then he returned to help out with the good work that San Saturnino had started and then after a period he went back up to France to spread the word around the area of Amiens.However, it seems he ran up against the local powers-to-be up there and got himself tortured and beheaded for his trouble.The body is still up there in the local Cathedral, but some parts of it are spread round as valuable relics.Three such relics eventually made their way to Pamplona back in the middle ages and they made the guy very popular round these parts.