Fiestas in Spain

Video: Tomatina 2017 live

Thousands gather in Valencia for the world-famous annual tomato fight

More than 22,000 participants in Buñol, Valencia will be taking part today in the annual Tomatina festival, the war of vegetables in which 160,000 tomatoes are hurled. A firecracker will sound at 11am to mark the battle’s commencement, as trucks file in to supply and arm attendees with this red ammunition.

The world-famous tomato-throwing festival is more than 70 years old and always takes place on the last Wednesday of August. It began in 1945 when a fight between two youngsters ended in a huge tomato fight in the town’s main square.

English version by Henry Hahn.

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