In the media battle on tomatoes in Bunol in eastern Spain, attended by about 40,000 people from around the world. It was destroyed several tons of tomatoes. La Tomatina Festival (La Tomatina), held annually on the last Wednesday of August. The festival is held in honor of the patron saint of the city of St. Louis Bertrand (San Luis Bertr? N) and Our Lady of the defender.
The La Tomatina festival lasts a week and includes musical numbers, fair, parade, dances and fireworks. The night before the tomato fight is a contest for cooking paella.
Participants of the 66th festival Tomatina spent more than 120 tons of overripe tomatoes during the annual tomato battle.
The population of Bunol is 9 thousand people, but during the La Tomatina festival here come to 40 thousands of tourists.
Housing for all tourists in Bunol not enough, so many members come by train or bus from Valencia, located 38 km. In preparation for the La Tomatina festival shop owners close their large plastic shields the windows of their establishments, to protect them from coming folly.
Many experienced members of the festival protect their eyes by goggles.
La Tomatina ervye events start at 10 o'clock in the morning. A lot of trucks loaded with tomatoes entering the central city square Plaza del Pueblo. Tomatoes imported from the neighboring autonomous community of Extremadura, where they are cheaper.
Under the rules of the festival begins only after someone climb on the wooden pole at a height of 2 floors, pre-lubricated with soap. At the top of the column daredevil expects ham. Signal the beginning of the battle is shot from a water cannon.
During the battle, each party for itself. The rules require that in order to avoid injury before throwing tomatoes must be crushed. Also according to the rules you can not bring items that can cause serious damage, such as glass bottles.
By the finale celebration tomato mush under your feet up the ankle, and nearby houses, and indeed members, disguise themselves in red.
After the battle area itself is washed.
Ending battle tomato dip in the pool, filled with tomato juice, and the drawing of a traditional Iberian hams pigs.
The tradition began in 1945. Argued that the first battle took place between friends tomatoes, during a fight at the festival.
On the day of celebration in Bunol establish a portable shower and open fire hydrants, so that revelers could then lead to a normal appearance.
From 1980 to celebrate the tomatoes supplied by the city authorities, and in 2002 the Central Bureau of Tourism awarded the La Tomatina festival in Bunol international status.