today’s holiday: Tomatina

La Tomatina (25.08.2010) - Spain, Buñol 16

La Tomatina (25.08.2010) – Spain, Buñol 16 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

La Tomatina (25.08.2010) - Spain, Buñol 11

La Tomatina (25.08.2010) – Spain, Buñol 11 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

La Tomatina (25.08.2010) - Spain, Buñol 13

La Tomatina (25.08.2010) – Spain, Buñol 13 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

La Tomatina (25.08.2010) - Spain, Buñol 31

La Tomatina (25.08.2010) – Spain, Buñol 31 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

La Tomatina (25.08.2010) - Spain, Buñol 014

La Tomatina (25.08.2010) – Spain, Buñol 014 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

La Tomatina (25.08.2010) - Spain, Buñol 27

La Tomatina (25.08.2010) – Spain, Buñol 27 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tomatina

Regardless of which legend one believes, what began in 1945 as a few tossed tomatoes as a show of disdain has developed into full-fledged tomato warfare in Buñol, Valencia, Spain, on the last Wednesday in August. Residents prepare for the impending food fight by protecting their storefronts and homes with plastic and donning special clothing. Thousands of pounds of tomatoes are trucked into town and dropped off at the Plaza del Pueblo, and the light-hearted battle commences. After the cleanup, celebrants continue to enjoy the festival’s fireworks, parades, food, and music. More… Discuss

3 responses to “today’s holiday: Tomatina

  1. I shouldn’t very much think they exactly give a flying wazoo about things like this over in Pittston, (northeastern Pa.) but this time of year is always the time for the small city’s (my mother’s hometown) internationally renowned Tomato Festival.

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