Closing Ceremony, the Pobre de Mi
At midnight on the 14 th July the fiesta formally closes with the ceremony called the "Pobre de Mí." This takes place in front of the Town Hall, where the fiesta was opened 8½ days earlier. There are other events also taking place in the city,(such as the Peñas gathering in the main square - the Plaza del Castillo, for their own celebration). However, in front of the Town Hall a large crowd gathers to sing "Pobre de Mí, Pobre de Mí, que se han acabado las fiestas, de San Fermín."(Poor me, poor me, for the fiesta of San Fermín has come to a close). This is a very sad occasion because it is the end of the fiesta, (though many are relieved because they cannot take any more), but they still look forward to next year andeven sing "Ya falta menos" (there is not long to go). In fact, the Pobre de mí is the end of a long day of farewells; the farewell of the Giants takes place in the morning. There is also the farewell of the Peñas in the Plaza de Toros in the evening. Unlike the Txupinazo there is not too much of a crush at the Pobre de mí. Children can attend without too much hassle. The only problem is to watch out for falling candle wax. It's a custom to attend the closing night with a lighted candle. However, most people have sense enough to keep the lit candle within aplastic cup.