Hello Folks,… Today Google Doodle celebrate 70th Anniversary of La Tomatina, a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located 30 km / 19 miles from the Mediterranean, in La Tomatina Festival participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for fun.
La Tomatina is held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.
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History Of La Tomatina
La Tomatina started the last Wednesday of August in 1945, when some young people went to the town square to attend the Giants and Big-Heads figures parade. The young boys decided to parade with a musician.
Google Doodle celebrate 70th Anniversary of “La Tomatina”
The energy of these young people caused one person to fall off the float. The participant flew into a fit of rage and started to hit everything in his path. There was a market stall of vegetables that fell victim to what soon became a furious crowd. People started to pelt each other with tomatoes until the local law enforcement ended the fruit battle.
La Tomatina : World’s Largest Annual Food Fight
One of the world’s largest annual food fights turns 70 this year and is being honored with a Google Doodle. On the last Wednesday in August each year, locals and tourists gather in the town square of Buñol, Spain, near Valencia, to pelt each other with smashed tomatoes and revel in the red-stained streets.
The 2015 tomato fight and celebration gets underway at 11 a.m. on August 26.
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La-Tomatina Police Broke Up
The following year, the young people picked a quarrel by their own decision and brought the tomatoes from home. Although the police broke up the early tradition in the following years, the young boys had made history without being conscious about it.
La Tomatina was banned in the early 50s, which was not a problem for the participants who were even arrested. But the people spoke and the festivity was again allowed with more participants and more frenetic feelings.
The following year the young people repeated the fight on the last Wednesday of August, only this time they brought their own tomatoes from home. They were again dispersed by the police.
Tradition Of La Tomatina
After repeating this in subsequent years, the tradition was established. In 1950, the town allowed the tomato hurl to take place, however the next year it was again stopped.
A lot of young people were imprisoned but the Buñol residents forced the authorities to let them go. The festival gained popularity with more and more participants getting involved every year. After subsequent years it was banned again with threats of serious penalties.
In the year 1957, some young people planned to celebrate “the tomato’s funeral”, with singers, musicians, and comedies. The main attraction however, was the coffin with a big tomato inside being carried around by youth and a band playing the funeral marches.
Considering this popularity of the festival and the alarming demand, 1957 saw the festival becoming official with certain rules and restrictions. These rules have gone through a lot of modifications over the years.
Important La Tomatina Landmark In The History
Another important landmark in the history of this festival is the year 1975. From this year onwards, “Los Clavarios de San Luis Bertrán” (San Luis Bertrán is the patron of the town of Buñol) organised the whole festival and brought in tomatoes which had previously been brought by the local people.
Soon after this, in 1980, the town hall took the responsibility of organizing the festival.
La Tomatina Participants Increased Year After Year
Since then, the number of participants increased year after year as well as the excitement about La Tomatina Festival. In 2002, La Tomatina of Buñol was declared Festivity of International Tourist Interest by the Secretary Department of Tourism due to its success.
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Entry Fee Of La Tomatina Festival
In 2013, city officials introduced an entry fee and limited the number of participants, citing concerns over safety.
Today update : Highlights of La Tomatina – Spain’s tomato
At the annual fiesta, 175 tonnes of ripe tomatoes are offloaded from seven trucks into the crowd packing the streets for an hour-long battle.
The tomato fight leaves the participants and the town’s streets awash with red pulp. The town is hosed down minutes after the event ends at noon, while participants can use public showers.
The paid-entry event was inspired by a food fight between local children in 1945 in the tomato-producing region.
TOMATO FIGHT…People are covered in tomatoes during the annual “Tomatina” tomato fight in the town of Bunol, near Valencia, eastern Spain, Wednesday Aug. 28, 2002. An estimated 38,000 revellers pelted 120 tons of tomatoes at each other in the hour-long tomato battle. (AP Photo/Israel Lopez Murillo)
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