The La Tomatina Festival

La Tomatina is a Spanish festival held in the town of Buñol, in Valencia, Spain. This is a festival wherein participants throw tomatoes and get involved in the tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Since 1945 it has been held on the last Wednesday of August.

Photo credit: MikeJamieson(1950) (Flickr)
Photo credit: MikeJamieson(1950) (Flickr)

The tomato fight event was created after two men, began throwing tomatoes at many people and places as a sign of their political protest. It was banned in the Spanish State period under Francisco Franco for having no religious significance.  In 1957, demand for the popular festival led to its becoming official, with certain rules and restrictions. La Tomatina returned in the 1970s and continues to this day, though more for enjoyment than protest.

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Photo credit: By flydime (La Tomatina (25.08.2010) / Spain, Buñol) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

In La Tomatina festival, the fight usually lasts for an hour, after which the town square is covered with tomato debris. In 2015, it is estimated that almost 145000 kg of tomatoes were thrown.

Due to the popularity of the event, set of rules and regulations have been implemented for everyone’s safety. No one is allowed to throw bottles or hard objects, also t-shirts should not be torn or thrown. Tomatoes must be squashed first before throwing to avoid hurting others. Participants should also keep a safe distance away from the trucks that hose down the streets after the fight. Everyone should stop throwing tomatoes after the second starter pistol shot. Lastly, everyone participating the event is expected to follow the instructions from the security staff.

13 thoughts on “The La Tomatina Festival”

  1. I bet this would be so crazy to be apart of and a lot of fun! Definitely a day to wear your old clothes haha! But would love to see it one day!

  2. Oh my this festival looks like so much fun! I would love to participate if I am ever in the area at the right time.

  3. I’ve heard so much about this and even saw an episode in the travel channel that’s all about this. It looks like a lot of fun! I’d love to experience it at least once in my life.

    1. My friends and I were thinking of going, I’ve always heard this festival is as crazy and fun as it gets! We found a campsite just out of town that offers all inclusive accomodation, meals, buses to the tomato fight and back all for €60 plus unlimited booze… so we’re pretty much convinced with the deal 😉 Check out Stoke Travel’s camping, hopefully see you there!

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