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La tomatino

La Tomatina tomato fight in Buñol near Valencia happens 
 every year on the last Wednesday in August though the partying starts earlier in the week.  The highlight of the festival is the tomato fight which takes place between 11am and 1pm on that day.The event has become one of the highlights on Spain's summer festivals calendar with thousands of people flocking to this little Valencian town for this chaotic event



LA TOMATINO how did it start?
It seems that some youngsters tried to join in the parade and accidentally knocked over one of the giants who got to his feet and started swinging out at everyone around him. In retaliation the youngsters grabbed some tomatoes from a nearby vegetable stall and started throwing them at him until the police arrived to break things up.

 

 

The following year on the same last Wednesday of August these young people returned to the town hall square and started another tomato fight using their own tomatoes. Again the police intervened and in subsequent years the local council tried to ban the 'El día de la Tomatina' but with little success as event continued to grow year after year reaching the ludicrous size it is today attracting tourists from all over the world.

the event!!
At around 10am festivities begin with the first event of the Tomatina. It is the "palo jabón", similar to the greasy pole. The goal is to climb a greased pole with a ham on top. As this happens, the revellers work into a frenzy of singing and dancing whilst being showered in water from hoses. Once someone is able to drop the ham off the pole, the start signal for the tomato fight is given. The signal for the onset is at about 11 when a loud shot rings out, and the chaos begins.



Several trucks throw tomatoes in abundance in the Plaza del Pueblo.  For the participants the use of goggles and gloves are recommended. The tomatoes must be crushed before being thrown so as to reduce the risk of injury.
After exactly one hour, the fight ends with the firing of the second shot, announcing the end. The whole town square is coloured red and rivers of tomato juice flow freely. Fire Trucks hose down the streets and participants use hoses that locals provide to remove the tomato paste from their bodies. Some participants go to the pool of “los peñones” to wash. After the cleaning, the village cobblestone streets are pristine due to the acidity of the tomato disinfecting and thoroughly

Recently same was featured in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD)

Update:
La Tomatino is being recently celebrated in Hyderabad (India) on  7 AUGUST 2011

Sources
www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomatina
www.latomatino.org
www.tomatino.net


La tomatino Reviewed by Gowardhan Doddi on 8/08/2011 04:46:00 PM Rating: 5

8 comments:

Saru Singhal said...

This looks great. Your post presented this festival better than ZNMD. lovely :)

Sujatha Sathya said...

some say Tomatino is the indian version of holi.
seems to be loads of fun :)

Gowardhan said...

Thank you Sharu,

For your compliments in comparision to

!!Zindegi na milegi Dubara!!

if a single person does it is madness!
if a group of people does it is crazyness!!
if every one does it becomes a tradition!!!

anyways I thoroughly enjoyed sharing this.

Gowardhan said...

well said sathya..

its just like holi!!

but holi goes on for days together, this will last only for hours.

we indians are more crazy

Chintan said...

hehehehe such a waste of tomatoes :D i wanna go attend this :| but my wild side hasn't kicked in yet for this festival... :D

Gowardhan said...

Yes Ms.Chintan,,

Even my wild side has not kicked in to go for this.
but still we have time , the festival is on last Wednesday of august.. let's see !!

IRFANUDDIN said...

it looks so yummy n colourful mannnn.....
i mean its all RED with tomatoes....interesting.

gowardhan said...

Yes Irfan

I was excited browsing thought la tomatino
so thought of sharing the "excitement" with you all

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