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La Tomatina


La Tomatina

Approximately 30,000 people participate in La Tomatina, an annual festival held on the last Wednesday in August in the Spanish town of Buñol. A weeklong festival features music, parades, dancing, and fireworks, but it is the tomato fight that draws the crowds. During the battle, more than 100 metric tons of overripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. Participants must follow certain safety guidelines during the event, and wearing goggles is recommended. When does the tomato throwing begin? More… Discuss

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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)

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

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

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

 

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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