After seeing the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara we all know about few things about the La Tomatina festival in Spain. Let’s get into some more details of this food fight festival that takes place every year in Spain. Participants from all over the world gather on the streets of Bunol, a town in Valencia, Spain. They play a battle with each other by throwing tomatoes. We all know that this festival in the world. People celebrate it very passionately. There is dancing, playful fighting with tons of tomatoes.
Let’s take a look at some facts of this festival, which I am sure you didn’t know about. Check out below:
1. History is still a mystery
The actual reason behind the origin of La-Tomatina Festival is still unknown. No clear explanation is available that can tell us what made this strange custom start. However, there are several stories existing, which has no proof to validate. The one story which is widely accepted is of a riot that broke out during a parade, this happened on the last Wednesday of August in the year 1945. Hence people celebrate it on the Last Wednesday of August.
2. Preparations at Bunol
The participants assemble in the streets of Bunol, which is a town of just 10,000 people. The street has many shops, to protect from the red carnage the owners cover the windows and doors.
3. Weapons of La-Tomatina
Around 120,000 pounds of tomatoes are used in the La-Tomatina Festival which come from Extremadura. They are specially grown for the purpose of this festival. Partially squashed tomatoes are used in the festivals. Trucks full of these tomatoes arrive on the Bunol street. The participants use these tomatoes as the ammunition and initiate the battle of Tomatina.
4. Tickets for entry
Tickets are needed to enter this festival. However, until 2013 tickets were not needed, but with increasing popularity, it was started by the organizers. This was done to improve the overall experience and also to reduce the chaos. Tickets can be booked online.
The prices of the entry are as below:
10€ For basic entry
26€ For entry with accessories
5. Events before the festival
Before the La-Tomatina Festival, the participants get to enjoy fireworks, parades and Paella cooking competitions.
6. Climbing the Palojanon to begin the festival
The La-Tomatina Festival doesn’t start until any enthusiastic participant climbs a greased wooden pole. This pole is known as the Palojabon. The participant has to reach a piece of ham, which hangs on top. Once he is successful at pulling the ham, the festival begins with an explosion of a bottle rocket.
7. One Hour Long Festival
This fun filled festival last for 1 hour, after an hour another bottle rocket explodes, which marks the end of the battle.
8. Wash up post event
After the 1-hour long tomato fight, the locals and the firemen give the participants a much needed wash to get the ketchup off.
9. Festival adds a glow
The tomatoes contain acid, this acts as a disinfectant for the skin and also the streets. Once it’s all washed off with water, a renewed glow is there both on the streets and on the skin of the participants.
Only 20,000 people are allowed to be a part each year, 90% of them are foreigners.
Hope you enjoyed reading these amazing facts about this really interesting tomato fight.