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Tomatina Festival – 6 Astonishing Facts Of Spain’s Popular Festival

This colorful nation is a part of southern Europe and is on the brink of Iberian Peninsula. Spain is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea in the south and east consist of its mainland. The country has a long rich history of culture, rituals, and quite attractive places for tourists. Apart from tourism, Spain is also known for its heritage and colorful festival celebrations. Bollywood movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara has a sequence of this joyful festival. Let’s give a tribute to one of most look forward Tomatina Festival of Spain.

Let’s Reveal Some Incredible Facts About Tomatina Festival:

1. World’s Largest Food Fight

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You will feel amazing to know that approximately 40,000 people reach the town of Bunol to starts a food fight by pelting tomatoes on each other. Also, this is world’s largest state-sanctioned or you can say state approved food festival. People gets drenched with a pulp of tomato juice, and sometimes it gets too crazy and whacky.

2. History Of origination

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This festival started with a street brawl as per the facts and reports. In 1945, during another La Tomatina Festival, a fight broke out between people on the streets when they start throwing vegetables towards each other. Seeing these other people also joined to do the same and a battle of vegetable hitting started. These bunch of people who started this vegetable pelting quarrel again did the same for the next year. Due to their acts, a chain of peoples got involves with them, and it turns into a festival. The Police though tried to stop this way back in 50’s but the popularity has already spread among people, and finally, it got restored traditionally. That was the time and now today the festival is world famous, and people loves to visit there for this amazing festival.

3. A Slice Of Ham To Start Festival

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Yes, you heard it right a slice of ham is hung on a slick pole at 10 am of the Tomatina Festival day in a crowded area of the town square called as Palo Jabon. The main aspect of this event is to make people climb and take down that piece of ham. During the process, the atmosphere remains quite gigantic and energetic, and people’s keep on enchanting and singing with few captivating songs. Also, the people gets a continuous shower of water through water hoses to keep the excitement level at all time of high. Once the piece of ham falls down the signal is given, and the trucks loaded with tomatoes enters, and the exciting fight of tomato starts.

4. Incredible Amount Of Tomatoes

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You would be amazed to know that about 40 metric tons of tomatoes are used. In just one hour about 150,000 of tomatoes gets crushes down. Mostly tomatoes of low quality, cheap in price, and of bad taste got to export from Extremadura, a place in Spain.

5. It turns Into Battle Of Sexes

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Most of the times the event turns into a playful battle between the men and women. The fighting between the male and female is quite enchanting to watch. Both gets involve into a fascinating grappling which is quite adorable.

6. Tomatoes Works as a Disinfectant

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Once the tomato fight gets over the firefighters gets involves and cleans the entire city. After the process city looks totally clean and fresh. Since tomatoes are acidic in nature, so they work as a disinfectant and fastens up the cleaning process.

 

With a GDP of 1.199, it’s the world’s 14th country in terms of it’s Gross Domestic Product. In Spanish, its pronounces as Espana and is a home to around 46 million people. Spain sometimes also called as the place of commemorations as it has numerous festival celebrations. Spain offers a variety of customs and colorful festivals and rituals which will fill with joy. Few of its enchanting festivals include Flamenco which is a music festival, Bullfighting, San Sebastian Festival which has a folk dance of their with bonfire, Tomatina Festival, and Fallas de San Jose which is a spring festival. If you’re thinking to visit the country anytime soon, then you can go through some marvelous places and monuments such as La Concha, The Palacio Real of Madrid, Ibiza, Alhambra, and Aqueduct of Segovia.

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