La Tomatina, World famous Tomato festival

World famous Tomato festival

La Tomatina, Festive of Tomatoes, a world famous festivals that is celebrated in Spain.
A massive food battles And there’s no better place to do so than La Tomatina in Bunol, Spain!
What began in 1945 as an accidental local food battle among friends evolved into its own cultural event — and the world’s greatest food fight. La Tomatina has been a yearly occurrence in Bunol, Spain, since 1945 (except for a few years in the 1950s when it was outlawed during Franco). Every year on the final Wednesday of August, upwards of 30,000 tourists participate in this gigantic food fight.

Beginning early in the morning, individuals dressed in clothing that will never be worn again swarm trains travelling from Valencia to Bunol. They arrive and join the crowds on their journey to the city center, pausing along the way for food and (a lot of) beverages. Everyone eventually arrives in the city center and simply comes to a halt. There are no other options. Simply said, the throng is too dense. Many people engage in a pole climb in the lead-up to the 11 a.m. start, when they struggle up a greased pole to win a ham. When the ham is caught, the celebration officially “begins” (but I didn’t see anyone catch the ham, so you can be sure that the party begins at 11 a.m. anyway).

After an hour of fighting, the city is ankle-deep in a torrent of tomato juice. Soon after, the fire department will arrive and hose down the city (which, when mixed with the citric acid in the tomatoes, really does a good job of cleaning the place!). Partygoers usually make their way down to the river to clean up and wash off (or you can get hosed down by one of the locals and their kids who love spraying everyone). The party continues in several of the city’s plazas throughout the remainder of the night. There’s music, dancing, plenty of sangria, and plenty of wonderful food. This continues until nightfall, when the majority of the people return to Valencia.

It’s one of the most fun I’ve ever had. You’re simply tossing tomatoes left and right at anyone and everything in the midst of the people, scarcely watching where you’re going. I saw individuals climbing sculptures and doors for better perspectives, only to become easy targets for those close. Following that, our pals jokingly skipped down and spent the rest of the day dancing and conversing with everyone.
Some Pointers on Attending La Tomatina.

Are you planning on attending this epic food fight? Here are some pointers to help you make the most of your trip: Wear clothes that you don’t mind throwing away. It’s unlikely that it will recover (even your shoes!). Many clothing are damaged, soiled beyond repair, and stink for days afterward. You haven’t brought anything good. If you’re a woman, be cautious and wear a sports bra because many males are grabby and frequently try to snap bras off. Bring no valuables, such as your wallet or passport, as you may misplace them. Furthermore, petty crime is rampant here. It’s simple to get into other people’s pockets. Wrap your next in a money belt or a ziplocked bag.

Only carry a waterproof camera or phone. Even so, make sure it comes with a protective case!
Put on goggles. You don’t want tomato juice to get in your eyes. If you’re going with pals, decide where you’ll meet up afterward. There’s a danger you’ll misplace them among the crowd. Arrive early since space is limited. Wear no sandals or flip flops. Because the footing becomes slick quickly, you’ll need excellent shoes to keep you standing. People will constantly step on your toes if you’re in the proper crowd .Keep hydrated. August is going to be quite hot, and there will be a lot of people around. Drink plenty of water before the battle so you don’t become dehydrated when flinging tomatoes. Be wary of shirt rippers. People (who may have had a little too much to drink previously) have a tendency to try to tear your shirt off your back. It’s against the festival’s regulations, but people will try to do it anyhow, so be cautious.

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