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Celebration of Spanish Festival La Tomatina

Celebration of Spanish festival La tomatina. La tomatina is a Spanish festival celebrated every year in Valencia,Spain and Bunol. It is held on last Wednesday of August. It is a fun event in which participants throw tomatoes at each other. People started to celebrate this event back in 1945. The event was introduced when some young boys went to town square to attend parade held by giant guys.

Spanish Festival La Tomatina

Festival of Throwing red Tomatoes at La Tomatina
Festival of Throwing red Tomatoes at La Tomatina

They young boys were full of energy and they tried to join the parade with musicians but they disturbed the whole prade,provoking the giant heads to attack them. The enthusiastic boys were ready to defend themselves,they ran into streets and started throwing anything that came in their way.

There were tomatoes present there so the furious crowd started pelting each other with the tomatoes. Next year,young boys again went to that place and brought tomatoes from homes in last Wednesday of August and willingly started a quarrel.The police attempted to stop the fight and la tomatina was banned in 50’s.

Image of tomatoes are used in la tomatina
Image of tomatoes are used in la tomatina

But people considering it to be a fun event again brought it back in present.many people were imprisoned and event was banned many times year after year,but people never stepped back from celebrating it. When it was banned in 1957,some people celebrate tomatoes funeral in memory of the la tomatina. Considering the popularity of tge event,la toamtina become an official event .

The event starts in morning at about 10 am,tomatiana starts with pola jibon. Palo jabon is greasy pole with pork on top and one have to climb it up and drop the pork off the pole.firing shot is given to signal that event is to be started. A truck throws tomatoes and tomatoes should be crushed to avoid injury. Over 150,000 tomatoes are used in fight. The fight is to be stopped when second shot is fired.no other projectile is to be used but the tomatoes.

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