These festivities are normally organized by the youngsters of the village, as a way for showing their courage and ability with the bull. Some sources related this tradition, predominantly man-based, as a kind of initiation rite to adulthood.
The major difference with other bullfighting traditions is that the animal is not intended to be killed or physically injured. However, many opponents argue that they are mentally injured by the harassment and voicing of both participants and spectators, and some of animals may also die because of the stress, specially if they are roped or bring flares in their horns (bou embolat version).
Despite all this, the festivities seem to have wide popular support in their villages