“La Tomatina” In Valencian town of Buñol, a town located in the East of Spain, each year a festival called “La Tomatina” takes place. This is something that has been present in their culture for years. Since 1945, people throw tomatoes on each other for entertainment purposes only. In fact, the event takes place every last Wednesday of August, at the same time when Buñol festivals are happening.
This event has been present since 1945. No one is actually sure hoe this tradition has started. However, there is an old story that says that disgruntled townspeople rioted and attacked city councilmen with tomatoes during a town celebration. Moreover, to the people, it did not matter how it started. All that matters is that they enjoyed it very much to the extent that they decided to repeat it every year. Furthermore, this tradition was banned for a certain period of time, because it did not have any religious meaning, and appeared again in the 1970s. Moreover, in 1975, due to the popularity of the event, the festival became official and there were some rules and restrictions.
After the festival became popular, some rules have been made regarding the safety and the time.
First rule was that the festival only lasts for 1 hour. Next, the tomatoes should be squashed before use in order to prevent injuries. In addition, the only thing that is allowed to be thrown is tomatoes; no other projectiles. Moreover, participants should always give space for the trucks to pass, and when the second shot that indicates the ending is heard, nobody is allowed to throw tomatoes anymore.
The town has made an entrance fee, and only a certain number of participants are allowed to enter. After the event is done, fire trucks use the hoses to clean the streets. After that, the whole town is clean because of the acidity of the tomatoes.