BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – The Colombian town, which is located in the country’s Boyaca state, has played host to the annual Tomatina festival from the last nine years.
This celebration is inspired by a festival “La Tomatina” in the town of Bunol near Valencia, Spain
This celebration is inspired by a festival of the same name in the town of Bunol near Valencia, Spain and also inspired by a food fight between local children in 1945 in the tomato-producing region.
This year too, many of the people from abroad participated in this joyful festival.The region with the highest amount of tomato production in all of Latin America, many residents and visitors look forward to throwing tonnes of the overripe fruit at each other every spring.
Tomato throwing is the highlight of the three-day celebration; other events include a contest to find the largest tomato and a tomato-eating race.
Last year, 125 tonnes over overripe tomatoes were thrown throughout the Spanish streets by 22,000 participants, many of whom had travelled from abroad to be there.
Participants are encouraged to wear safety goggles and gloves and not to bring any objects that can harm people (e.g. glass bottles, rocks), they must crush the tomatoes before throwing them, and cannot rip other participants’ shirts.
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