Interesting facts about the tomato festival

The tomato festival takes place on the last Wednesday of August every year in the town of Buñol near Valencia in Spain. Every year, between 20, 000 and 40, 000 tomato war lovers come to the small town of 9, 000 inhabitants.

At about 10 o'clock in the morning, the most important action begins. Many trucks distance the bounty of tomatoes in the city center, Plaza del Pueblo. Tomatoes are transported by trucks to the city center, and the signal to start the fight is the fire from the brunsboids. And after that, it's every man for himself. Those who decide to take part in the tomato festival need to buy protective goggles. In addition, the tomato must be crushed before throwing so as not to harm the opponent. It is also forbidden to rip someone else's clothes, but often, in the heat of excitement, no one adheres to this rule.

Exactly one hour later, the tomato war ends, the signal for this is a shot from the brunsboy. The process of clearing the city from the aftermath of a tomato fight involves the use of fire trucks. The streets of the city begin to sparkle with cleanliness, because the tomato filling has an acidic component, which cleans all the dirt.

The holiday started with an incident when disgruntled townspeople threw tomatoes at officials during the celebration of the city's day in the 1940s. The holiday was banned during the reign of Francisco Franco because it is not religious. But after the leader's death in the 1970s, residents began throwing tomatoes again on that day.