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La Tomatina festival is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, in Spain.
During the festival,  Participants throw tomatoes at one another and get involved in tomato fights. Even though the tradition started long back in 1945 when a few people got into a quarrel and threw tomatoes at each other from a nearby vegetable stall, the festival only became official, albeit with some rules and regulations, in 1957. In fact, till then, participants were even arrested for trying to carry on this tradition.  Fun fact: Till 1975 people who took part in this festival had to get their own tomatoes but from 1975 onwards the town patron of Bunol organised the festival and brought in the tomatoes. In 1980, the town hall took up the responsibility. 
The tomatoes used in the festival come from Extremadura, where they are less expensive and are grown specifically for the holidays, being of inferior taste.
Trucks dumped 125 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants this year, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities during Tomatina. After the festival is over, fire men help clean the streets and the participants with water from their hoses. Locals and participants also help clean the city. After the cleaning, the village cobblestone streets are pristine due to the acidity of the tomato disinfecting and thoroughly cleaning the surfaces. One of the most importnt rules of La Tomatina is that the tomatoes have to be squashed before they are thrown. Tearing of T-shirts and throwing of other things are also banned.
Aug 27, 2014
La Tomatina festival is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, in Spain.

- AP Photo/Alberto Saiz
Aug 27, 2014
During the festival, Participants throw tomatoes at one another and get involved in tomato fights.

- AP Photo/Alberto Saiz
Aug 27, 2014
Even though the tradition started long back in 1945 when a few people got into a quarrel and threw tomatoes at each other from a nearby vegetable stall, the festival only became official, albeit with some rules and regulations, in 1957. In fact, till then, participants were even arrested for trying to carry on this tradition.

- AP Photo/Alberto Saiz
Aug 27, 2014
Fun fact: Till 1975 people who took part in this festival had to get their own tomatoes but from 1975 onwards the town patron of Bunol organised the festival and brought in the tomatoes. In 1980, the town hall took up the responsibility.

- AP Photo/Alberto Saiz
Aug 27, 2014
The tomatoes used in the festival come from Extremadura, where they are less expensive and are grown specifically for the holidays, being of inferior taste.

- AP Photo/Alberto Saiz
Aug 27, 2014
Trucks dumped 125 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants this year, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities during Tomatina.

- AP Photo/Alberto Saiz
Aug 27, 2014
After the festival is over, fire men help clean the streets and the participants with water from their hoses. Locals and participants also help clean the city. After the cleaning, the village cobblestone streets are pristine due to the acidity of the tomato disinfecting and thoroughly cleaning the surfaces.

- AP Photo/Alberto Saiz
Aug 28, 2014
One of the most importnt rules of La Tomatina is that the tomatoes have to be squashed before they are thrown. Tearing of T-shirts and throwing of other things are also banned.

- AP Photo/Alberto Saiz
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La Tomatina 2014
Aug 27, 2014
La Tomatina festival is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, in Spain.

- AP Photo/Alberto Saiz
 
 
 

 
 
 
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