La Tomatina, the Tomato Festival, which is held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol in Valencia, Spain, has been welcoming guests from all over the world for 75 years.
After every tomato festival, the streets of Spain seem to be bored with ketchup, which we tell about its history
The Spanish Tomato Festival, which dates back to 1944-1945, started with the fall of one of the young people pushing each other in the city’s transition ceremony. When he threw the tomatoes he got from the young greengrocer to the other young people, the fight grew bigger and every year a group of people started to fight tomatoes at the same time. The festival, which was prevented by the police until 1980 and continued unofficially, was later financed and organized by the municipality. In the other story of the Tomato Festival, a worldwide festival, the tomatoes thrown for protest against an unpopular mayor, who may also be a member of the council, became fun and started to repeat every year. The other story is based on the overthrow of a tomato truck.
The festival, which is supported by activities such as dance, music, fireworks, parades, Paella races (Spain’s traditional dinner), takes its first start with big tomato vans coming to the city center at 10 am. The festival begins with an interesting ceremony by the first person who reaches the pork placed on the top of a two-storey building (it is very difficult and usually the festival starts before anyone can reach it).
It is forbidden to throw tomatoes after the fire fired by the water tanks and the streets have to be cleaned (the municipality cleans by spraying water).
While the participants are being cleaned on the Bunol River, the owners of the house and the store have covered the whole place with plastic so that the exterior of the house is not contaminated, but the people are still very pleased.
Tomatoes must be squeezed before throwing (in order not to hurt) while wearing protective glasses and gloves at the Tomato Festival, where 20,000 to 40,000 people attend. While it is forbidden to group during the war, thousands of people you don’t know are free to throw tomatoes freely.
When the war ended, the streets of Bunol resembled Gazpacho, Spain’s traditional soup, while the Spaniards call it the largest gazpacho in the world.