La Tomatina is a very popular event in Spain. Every year, thousands of people participate in this tomato fight. This festival was started in 1945 by accident, but presently La Tomatina is officially celebrated. The festival is always held on the last Wednesday of August. The participants throw tomatoes, crush them and squeeze them, and have a lot of fun.
In 1957, the town council made this festival official, but people had to bring tomatoes from their homes. Starting in the 1980’s, the city government began providing tomatoes for participants to throw. Last year around 100 tons of ripe tomatoes were used. Spanish people love tomatoes and this is an intense way to show their tomato love. Last year, it was estimated that 40,000 people participated in this festival.