Thousands of runners, dressed head to toe in white, with bright-red neckerchiefs, gather every year for the traditional morning run, after which the animals are kept in the Bullring until the afternoon's fights.
Among those who were hospitalised this year after being injured by a bull's horns was an American who was wounded in the neck while taking a selfie.
At least seven runners were hurt, with one gored in the arm, on the fifth day of the week-long San Fermin bull-running festival in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, according to the Red Cross on Thursday.
The sport is extremely popular in rural pockets of Tamil Nadu where every year hundreds of young men try to hold the hump of the beasts and run, as spectators cheer raucously at events held across the state.
Mumbaikars celebrated Makar Sankranti and Pongal with immense devotion, gaiety and religious fervor here on Wednesday.
Named after the ancient Egyptian queen, she triumphed at the Festibaz event — becoming the first female donkey ever to win the contest, held in the village of Beni Ammar.
The 28-year-old farmer has since become a sensation after people praised him on social media and compared him to retired Jamaican sprint superstar Bolt, who is the world's fastest man for his record run of 100 metres in 9.58 seconds.
The sport, which dates back centuries, is extremely popular in Tamil Nadu during the four-day Pongal harvest festival in January in which hundreds of bull vaulters compete in a carnival-like festival.