LOOK: Valencia’s Buñol welcomes 75th “La Tomatina” celebration in spectacular style

LOOK: Valencia's Buñol welcomes 75th "La Tomatina" celebration in spectacular style. Image: Pearl

STUNNING pictures were captured on Wednesday, August 31 as Valencia’s Buñol celebrated La Tomatina for the 75th time.

In what should have been the 77th year of the famous Spanish tomato throwing festival, La Tomatina returned to Buñol, Valencia, after a two-year absence due to the Covid pandemic.

Partygoers enjoyed themselves on August 31. Image: Pearl

In 2020, La Tomatina was celebrated virtually with residents, and people of over the world, sending in videos of themselves throwing tomatoes. The event was also held through social media in 2021.

La Tomatina revellers get completely covered in tomatoes. Image: Pearl

The little town of Buñol turned red on Wednesday, August 31 as people threw tomatoes at each other.

Tomato Party. Image: Pearl

As Bloomberg Quicktake noted, people pelted each other with tomatoes after the festival returned following a two-year suspension.

Around 130 tons of tomatoes were prepared for the ‘tomato fight’ in Spain’s Buñol, which welcomed around 20,000 participants this year.

The festival traces its roots back to the last Wednesday of August 1945, when a group of young people who were in the town square to watch the parade of giants and big-heads and other events of the town festival, bored with the way the parade was going, decided to barge into the parade procession.

Buñol turns red. Image: Pearl

Interestingly, the influx of participants from all over the world and the growing interest of the international media led to La Tomatina de Buñol being declared a Fiesta of International Tourist Interest by the General Secretariat of Tourism in 2002.

Tomato throwing fun in Valencia. Image: Pearl

Sadly, the celebrations were slightly marred by a huge landslide that caused a large sinkhole in the town of Buñol.

The incident, which happened on Wednesday, August 31, was shared by the Valencia Emergency Services.

“There has been a landslide in #Buñol which has caused a sinkhole,” they wrote on Twitter.

“Local Police of @AytoBunyol and @BombersValencia have evacuated 12 people and have set up a road marker around the area.”

“A woman has been injured by a fall and has been transferred by CICU.”

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Matthew Roscoe

Originally from the UK, Matthew is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


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