It’s the last Wednesday in August. You know what that means!
What… you don’t?
Today is the day for La Tomatina festival! What is La Tomatina? Well, more specifically than “the most epic food fight EVER”, it is a festival in Buñol, Spain where people gather to throw over 50 metric tons of past-ripe tomatoes in the streets. It’s messy, its crazy, and most of all, its just really tomato-ey.
Originating in 1944 or 1945, this messy brawl has mysterious origins but a strong modern presence. La Tomatina is held annually and attracts anywhere between 20,000-40,000 tourists there to participate in a week of fun leading up to the tomato fight.
On the final Wednesday in August, the Palo Jabón event, in which people try to climb to the top of a greased pole to collect a ham–yes, a ham—prefaces the tomato fight. Around 11am after the ham is dropped, water cannons signal the start, trucks dump the load of tomatoes into Plaza del Pueblo, and the chaos begins.
But it’s not all unbridled fun. Of course, there are a few rules, like the banning other projectiles and a mandate that tomatoes are squashed prior to throwing… and other than that, its pretty much a free for all for one hour where alliances mean nothing, acquaintance is unimportant, and the only thing of significance is to hit as many people with tomatoes as possible.
If you are lucky enough to be near Buñol, or even Valencia, for the final week of August, make your way to Buñol for one of the strangest festivals you may ever attend.
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