Ever saw the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara movie? I bet you might have surely known about the Tomato Fight Festival in the movie which has received widespread acclaim from people of all walks of life. And what’s more, the food festival is celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year.
This is how Google has Doodled in its Home Page:
It’s crafted by Nate Swinehart, which is his first and he’s super excited about it! Here is how he tweeted:
Today is the launch of my first Doodle over at Google!! Lots of fun to animate and even got to shout-out Ohio as well!
— Nate Swinehart (@unlevelednate) August 5, 2015
And if you wanted to know, these are the rules of La Tomatina according to its official website:
- Do not bring bottles or hard objects as they can cause accidents and hurt other participants.
- Do not rip other people’s T-shirts.
- You must squash the tomatoes before throwing them as this reduces the impact.
- Ensure you keep a safe distance from the lorries.
- As soon as you hear the second shot, you must stop throwing tomatoes.
And also, here are some of the facts about the festival:
- It takes place every year on the last Wednesday of August between 10 AM and 11 AM.
- It starts out with the ham on a pole ritual where a challenger, with a lot of upper body strength obviously, climbs up the greased pole to secure the piece of ham.
- Wondering how many tomatoes are used? This year, the town plans for a record 150 tonnes of tomatoes from a place called Extramedura.
- La Tomatina 2015 will also be launching its first ever Tomatina Race, a tomato-based obstacle course.
- As a matter of fact, this tomato-throwing tradition takes place in Bunol, a Spanish town that doesn’t even grow tomatoes. But wait, you already know this because you’ve seen the popular Bollywood movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
- It is believed that La Tomatina started way back in 1945 when a man was pushed off a float during an annual carnival parade. In a fit of rage, the man picked up tomatoes from a vegetable shop and started to throw them at every person in sight. Some of the people repeated this act and after that it became an annual event. The authorities did try to dissolve it a few times but it finally became an official festival in 1957.
- The festival was initially free for participants from 1945 to 2012, but in 2013 the Mayor of Bunol imposed a 10 euro entry fee for non-residents. And despite that, 17,000 tickets were sold just to foreigners this year.
- It honours the town’s two patron saints, Luis Bertran and Mare de Deu dels Desemparats (Mother of God of the Defenseless), a title of the Virgin Mary.
- Once the fight ends, fire-fighters wash down the streets and people with hoses. And surprisingly enough, the village looks quite clean after, all thanks to the tomato’s acidity which acts as a disinfectant.
- 40,000 tomato enthusiasts actually show up every year for this state sanctioned food fight.
Hope you get a chance to visit Spain next year.
Author: Rohith Seelamsetty
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