La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Buñol in Valencia, Spain. And he is known as the biggest annual food fight in the world, It is an annual event which involves thousands of people who engage in a tomato fight for an hour. The Valencia area is famous for its oranges and Buñolis also a produce-producing town.
La Tomatina is a popular tourist attraction that is often billed as The World’s Largest Vegetable Fight.
The small town of Buñol in Valencia has a population of just 9,000 people, but every August some 40,000 visitors arrive for the huge tomato fight.
The streets of Buñol become rivers of tomato purée, as crowds of revellers from all over the world pelt each other with over-ripe tomatoes in this huge, state-sanctioned food fight.
About 90,000 pounds (40.800kg) of squishy ripe tomatoes are thrown in about 30 minutes during the La Tomatina tomato fight. You must squish your tomato before you throw it and you must throw only tomatoes. A thorough washing at the river ends La Tomatina. People go home and shower and change and put on dry clothes.
.HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL :
It is speculated that La Tomatina festival began either in 1944 or 1945. There are countless stories as to how the festival began. One day people decided they had had enough of him and they picked tomatoes from nearby vendors and threw them at him. Their action turned out to be so exciting that they agreed to repeat it the following year which is how the tradition started. La Tomatina festival has proved to be an exciting and popular exercise. When the festival began, participants brought their tomatoes to the fight. But as the event grew in popularity, the town officials took up the role of providing the tomatoes. The tomatoes are brought in huge trucks.
.RULES OF THE FESTIVAL :
- No hard objects are allowed into the fight to prevent people from hurting others.
- Tomatoes should be squashed before being thrown to minimize the impact on other participants.
- Ripping other people’s clothes is forbidden
- People should not throw tomatoes after the slotted time is up