Monday, March 14

A tomato fight? What is that?

A tomato fight? Must be related to one of the many bizarre festivals of Spain. Of course, the festivals look bizarre only to those that are not from Spain.

Tomatina Tomato Fight is held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Buñol in the Valencia region of Spain. Tens of thousands of participants come from all over the world to fight in a brutal battle where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.

What an idea of a fight? Don't you think it is a colossus waste of resources when you think of hungry nations? And to know that this festival is held for week is disturbing really.

The week-long festival features music, parades, dancing, and fireworks.

In preparation for the dirty mess that will ensue, shopkeepers use huge plastic covers on their storefronts in order to protect them from the carnage.

What happens?
*The party or festival starts at 10 a.m.
*Many trucks haul the bounty of tomatoes into the center of the town, Plaza del Pueblo.
*The festival begins when one person climb to the top of a two-story high, greased-up wooden pole and reach the coveted ham at the top.
*The signal for the beginning of the fight is firing of water cannons, and the chaos begins.
*Participants wear protective safety goggles and gloves.
*They must squish the tomatoes before throwing for safety precautions.

Thank you Wikipedia.

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