Food Fight

La Tomatina is an annual, globally-renowned Spanish festival, held in the Valencian town of Buñol in the east of Spain.

As the name suggests, tomatoes feature heavily during this day-long celebration, as thousands take part in a mass tomato-fuelled food fight.

The reason for painting the town red with numerous tonnes of the juicy fruit? Pure, unadulterated enjoyment.

In the early 1950s, La Tomatina was banned from taking place in Buñol by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco for having no religious significance.

However, after a tomato burial was held in 1957 in protest of the decision – during which those in favour of the festival carried a coffin containing a large tomato – La Tomatina was allowed by authorities and made an official festival.

Text: Independent


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