La Tomatina Festival started the last Wednesday of August in 1945 when some young people spent time in the town square to attend the Giants and Big-Heads figures parade. The young people decided to take part in a parade with musicians, Giants and Big-Heads figures. One participant's Big-head fell off, as a result of the festivities. via
What is the reason for La Tomatina?
La Tomatina is essentially a religious celebration. Although religious, the festival is not a rites of passage event (Turner: 203). As stated earlier, the purpose for the festivities is to honor Bunol's patron saint San Luis Bertran, and also the Virgin Mary (Tomatina). via
What is La Tomatina history?
The Tomatina History started the last Wednesday of August in 1945 when some young people spent the time in the town square to attend the Giants and Big-Heads figures parade. These young boys decided to have a place among the retinue of a parade with musician, Giants and Big-Heads figures. via
Why is La Tomatina bad?
The people celebrating La Tomatina say that the tomatoes used are unfit for consumption. On the verge of rotting, these tomatoes bought extremely cheaply from the Extremadura region of Spain are of very poor quality. via
What are two rules of La Tomatina?
Do not enter bottles or hard objects because you can cause an accident or damages to your battle's fellows. Do not tear or throw your T-shirts nor other's T-shirt. Squash the tomatoes before throwing them, the hit will be less painful. Keep a safe distance of the lorries. via
Is La Tomatina a waste of food?
To festival-goers it's just messy, harmless fun, but others criticise the celebration for its massive amount of food waste. 'If you look at the garbage bins in Spain, there is more waste thrown away every day than tomatoes used at La Tomatina,' he told the BBC. via
Why is La Tomatina so popular?
The streets of Buñol become rivers of tomato purée, as crowds of revellers from all over the world pelt each other with over-ripe tomatoes in this huge, state-sanctioned food fight – undoubtedly the largest tomato fight in the world. via
When was the Tomatina banned?
The tomato throwing continued for a few years until it was banned in the early 1950s. The festival was once again permitted after enough locals and others protested in favor of La Tomatina in 1957 and the La Tomatina Festival has since gained in popularity exponentially. via
Is La Tomatina free?
The Tomatina used to be a free-for-all, but like many other cultural mainstays of the Spanish calendar, it has been hit by the recession. For the first time, this year's visitors have had to shell out at least €10 (£9) for the privilege of pelting each other and random passersby with tomatoes. via
Is Tomatina banned?
According to a La Tomatina travel website, the festival was banned by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco for having no religious significance. In 2002, La Tomatina was declared a Festivity of International Tourist Interest by the Spanish Secretary of the Department of Tourism. via
How long does Tomatina last?
Usually, the fight lasts for about one hour, after which the town square is covered with tomato debris. via
How much does it cost to go to La Tomatina?
This year a charge has been introduced and participants will have to pay a minimum of 10 euros ($15) for the privilege of pelting each other with tomatoes in streets that end up flooded in red juice. via
What are the 5 Rules of La Tomatina?
The Rules of La Tomatina
What should you wear to La Tomatina?
Tomatina Dress code: wear clothes that you don't mind to throw away after the epic fight. Some people wear white t-shirts, some others wear old clothes. Swimsuit under your clothes is not a bad idea because you're gonna end up soaked by tomato rain and water hoses. via
How do I prepare for La Tomatina?
Make sure you bring everything you need, so you can fully change into comfortable, not 'tomatoed' clothing. Eye protection. People with contact lenses might need to invest into eye protection. La Tomatina participants are seen wearing goggles and even masks to protect themselves from flying tomatoes. via