40,000 people. 40 tonnes of tomatoes. It's Holi 2.0...except organic!
It's been 70 years since the legendary La Tomatina street tomato-fight tradition began, and BuÃ±ol is all set to celebrate with creating a Bloody-Mary river down the streets of the city!
The hour-long fight (that commences at 10:00 am and ends at 11:00 am) happens on the last Wednesday of August every year, and this years a biggie, bringing in a whopping, record crowd of 40,000 people to hurl tomatoes at each other. Activists, don't worry. While there is famine, this isn't next-level wastage.
The tradition (held each year at Plaza Del Pueblo, the town's main square) originated on the 29th of August, 1945, when a few boys went down to square to hang out at the Giants and Big Head Figures Parade, and decided to join the musician. The excitement of it all made someone fall off the float, causing a fight that involved the throwing of tomatoes from a nearby vegetable vendor. The rest, as they say, is history.
And today, the 70th Anniversary of of it all promises to make a little history of it's own.