Published On: Fri, Sep 2nd, 2016

Paint the town red: Snapshots from ‘La Tomatina’ 2016

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BUNOL: 150,000 kilos of ripe, red tomatoes were delivered to the village of Bunol, west of the Spanish city of Valencia, on Wednesday in preparation of “La Tomatina”.

The festival of tomatoes is a yearly occurrence in the village where tourists gather in large numbers to participate in the hour-long fight.

The festival has been a fixture in the village culture since the end of World War 2. But International exposure in the recent years has greatly increased the popularity of La Tomatina.

The village prepares for the fight by covering up balconies, houses and shopfronts in plastic and locking them down as thousands of participants, including both tourists and locals enjoy the day by reveling in a mad food fight all over the streets of Bunol.

Revelers enjoy as they throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual "Tomatina", tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 160 tons of tomatoes for some 20,000 participants, many from abroad, to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

Revelers enjoy as they throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual “Tomatina”, tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual “Tomatina” battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 160 tons of tomatoes for some 20,000 participants, many from abroad, to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

Revelers enjoy as they throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual “Tomatina”, tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, Spain. — AP
Revellers battle with tomato pulp during the annual 'Tomatina' (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia, Spain, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

Revellers battle with tomato pulp during the annual ‘Tomatina’ (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia, Spain, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

Revellers battle with tomato pulp during the festival in Bunol near Valencia, Spain. — Reuters
A reveller is covered with tomato pulp during the annual 'Tomatina' (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia, Spain, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

A reveller is covered with tomato pulp during the annual ‘Tomatina’ (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia, Spain, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

A reveller is covered with tomato pulp. — Reuters
A reveller lies in tomato pulp during the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol near Valencia, Spain, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Heino Kalis     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A reveller lies in tomato pulp during the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol near Valencia, Spain, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Heino Kalis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A participant at Tomatina lies in tomato pulp. — Reuters
Revellers battle with tomato pulp during the annual 'Tomatina' (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia, Spain, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

Revellers battle with tomato pulp during the annual ‘Tomatina’ (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia, Spain, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

Joyous rivalry continues as revellers pelt each other with the fruit. — Reuters
Revellers covered in tomato pulp take a slefie in the annual "tomatina" festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on August 31, 2016.   Today at the annual Tomatina fiesta 160 tonnes of ripe tomatoes were offloaded from trucks into a crowd of 22,000 half-naked revellers who packed the streets of Bunol for an hour-long battle.  / AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINO

Revellers covered in tomato pulp take a slefie in the annual “tomatina” festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on August 31, 2016.
Today at the annual Tomatina fiesta 160 tonnes of ripe tomatoes were offloaded from trucks into a crowd of 22,000 half-naked revellers who packed the streets of Bunol for an hour-long battle.
/ AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINO

Revellers covered in tomato pulp take a selfie. — AFP
A reveler takes tomatos to throw them into the crowd during the annual "Tomatina", tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 160 tons of tomatoes for some 20,000 participants, many from abroad, to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

A reveler takes tomatos to throw them into the crowd during the annual “Tomatina”, tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual “Tomatina” battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 160 tons of tomatoes for some 20,000 participants, many from abroad, to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

 

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