There are a lot of festivals in different parts of the world that might seem quirky but these events have a cultural significance for their country while some folks realize that keeping a fun tradition might help them improve their town’s tourism. One of the weirdest and messiest festivals is the La Tomatina Festival which is annually held in the streets of Buñol in eastern Spain.
Huffington Post shared on their website that this festival happens every August 28, and it is expected that there will be a lot of ripe tomatoes to flood out the streets. This year’s food fight has an estimated 22,000 participants where they literally saw red as they filled the streets with ripe tomatoes.
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The celebration has 145 tons of tomatoes that painted the town red. A report from The Guardian also noted that this festival is hailed as the world’s biggest food fight, which draws a lot of tourists annually. Attendees and participants are seen sprawling on the streets of the town as the tomato pulp coats them and despite the large crowd, photographs of the festivalgoers with happy faces are seen as they wear their safety goggles to protect their eyes from the tomato juice.
However, before the fun started to unravel in the streets of Buñol, the festival was banned because it doesn’t have any religious significance, but fortunately, it was revived in the 1970s. Barcelona Life mentioned on their website that there are many theories surrounding the tradition. These include the food fight among friends, a volley of tomatoes from bystanders, a protest against the city council, and a result of an accident from a truck carrying a ton of tomatoes.
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Well, whatever the cause of this festival, the townsfolk of Buñol made a great decision since it attracts 20,000 to 50,000 people from different parts of the world to enjoy the tomato throwing festival.