La Tomatina. Maddison Baggs , Harli Spears, Kimbra Baker. La Tomatina. La Tomatina takes place in Buñol , Valencia, Spain. Buñol is a small village on the edge of Spain. History of La T omatina.
MaddisonBaggs, Harli Spears, Kimbra Baker
Buñol is a small village on the edge of Spain.
La Tomatina began in 1945 when a group of young men got into a fight and, taking advantage of a nearby fruit and vegetable stand, began throwing tomatoes at each other.
The police broke up the altercation and the men involved were made to pay restitution to the vendor.
The following year the group planned another fight and brought their own tomatoes which inspired the tradition. It continued until the early 1950’s when the fight was prohibited by the town council.
Protests ensued and townsfolk even went as far as having a “tomato funeral”. Finally in 1957, the town council allowed the fight to continue and have supplied the tomatoes since 1980.
The night before La Tomatina the streets are filled with people participating in the traditional Paella cook-off.
To begin the festival a ham is placed on the top of a very tall, greased pole. People compete to climb to the top to retrieve it. Once someone finally reaches the top and grabs the ham, the festival starts!
One traditional song that is widely known is called EkJunoon (Paint it Red) by ZNMD. The song is very upbeat and fun. It repeats “Paint it Red!” over and over as people dodge tomatoes.
In Reno, Nevada the American Cancer Society organized an hour long tomato fight in 2009. They gave full credit to the Spanish by also calling it La Tomatina.