Friday, September 19, 2008
LA TOMATINA- A BATTLE FOUGHT WITH TOMATOES
I am sure you must have at least once in your life thrown eggs , tomatoes, coins etc in a show to hoot the performer or might have enjoyed others doing the same or had watched people smashing cakes on each others face in a party but if not than you should definitely visit Bunyol in Spain & join the natives in La Tomatina .
La Tomatina is an event in which people hit each other with ripe tomatoes , it is celebrated on the last Wednesday of August every year at Bunyol since 1945.La Tomatina is a part of the 7 day feast which is carried out in Bunyol & the tomato fight is held on the 7th day of the feast from 11 am to 1.00 pm. The La Tomatina is world famous event & thousands of tourist attain the event thereby doubling the enjoyment of the natives of Bunyol.
Before the tomato fight begin a ham is placed upon a a large, greased pole & the tomato fight can begin only when someone is able to climb to the top and bring it down. People struggle against each other, climbing atop one another, in order to be the one to pull down the ham. With this victory, a canon is fired in the air & the tomato-throwing begins.Around 1.00 pm a cannon is again fired to stop the throwing of tomatoes.
The enthusiasts of the events have to obey some rules such as they have to squash the tomato before throwing on others , cannot use bottle or glass item to hit others , the participants should wear gloves & goggles etc.After the event is over the participants head towards Bunyol river to clean themselves & the streets are also cleaned .
So if you are a tomato lover & haven’t visited Spain yet than plan a trip to Bunyol in August & join the world famous LaTomatina…….a battle fought with tones of tomatoes.