No one is completely certain how this event started. However, there is a popular saying which says that disgruntled people of the Bunol town rioted and attacked city councilmen with tomatoes during a town celebration sometime before 1945.
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Whatever did happen to begin this tradition, it was enjoyed so much that it was repeated each year after that. Thousands of tourists from all around the world make their way to fight in this crazy food fight where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets!
La Tomatina or the tomato fight festival is popular today. Thousands of tourists from all around the world make their way to fight in this crazy food fight where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets!
La Tomatina festival was banned in the early fifties and local authorities were arresting the participants of this event back then.
1957 was a particularly important year for the La Tomatina Festival. The public demand led to it becoming the official annual festival, with precisely defined rules and restrictions at the beginning.
Since then, the number of participants has increased year after year. In 2002, the La Tomatina Festival was declared as a Festivity of International Tourist Interest by the Tourism Department due to its success and popularity increase over the years.
The tomato fight itself lasts for about an hour, after which the whole town square has been covered with tomato paste. In 2015, it is estimated that 145.000 kg of tomatoes were thrown!
After the fight, fire trucks, together with locals and participants, hose down the streets in order to remove the tomato paste from their bodies. Some of them go to the pool of “los peñones” to wash.
Buñol is a small town with a population of 10.000. Since 2013 official ticketing has been in place limiting the number of participants to just 20,000 people due to security reasons. The festival is in honor of the town’s patron saints, Luis Bertran and the Mare de Deu dels Desemparats (Mother of God of the Defenseless), a title of the Virgin Mary.