Unusual holidays is a Family
In the world there are a lot of interesting holidays and I want you to meet them.
Recently, on August 25, was the Tomatina . Very interesting event!
Another name for the holiday — battle of the tomatoes (La Batalla del Tomate).
In the last week of August in Buñol (Bunol), in the East of Spain, begins the annual “Tomato festival” dedicated to the departing flight. Like all Spanish festivals, this goes with festive fireworks, music, dancing and free refreshments. But tomato festival there is one distinctive feature that attracts in Bunyola crowds of tourists, this is the culmination of the festival Tomatina tomato fight (La Tomatina), held in the town square.
The signal for the beginning of the battle is a special firecracker launched on Wednesday at 11 am from the city hall. At this signal on the streets there are several trucks loaded with the protagonists of the festival, ripe tomatoes, which are the missiles. Participants of the festival (and this whole town of Buñol), ran under a hail of tomatoes to the cars, grab the shells and fun avenge those who ran to the truck first.
However, the target can be in any range, the main task of the participants, which, incidentally, are all, to bombard tomatoes neighbor, and who they will be — not so important. If you consider that taking part in this fun about forty thousand people, and the number of shells hundreds of tons of tomatoes, it is easy to imagine what has become of the town square and the inhabitants of the city within a few minutes after the start of tomato shootout.
In a battle lasting two hours, closed almost all the bars, cafes, restaurants and all public places, and the Windows and doors hang the plastic panel. Participants themselves Tomatina prefer reasonable minimalism in clothing, how to stay pure in this day difficult, even outside the urban area. The expression “tomato river” is often used when describing the violence of tomato — not witty.
The historical roots of this unusual holiday leave at the time of the Franco dictatorship. According to one version, pelting each other with tomatoes served as a symbolic protest his regime. But most likely, a similar sense of tomato battles was given later, when a local festival is famous throughout Spain.
The very first tomato battle was registered in 1945, when the end of the summer holiday in Bunyola, a group of young people, by negligence or wanting to have fun, dropped a big figure of one of the participants of the parade, inside of which was himself. Rising, he did not appreciate the joke and started a brawl, which was quickly joined by his friends. The skirmish occurred near the shops with vegetables, tomatoes and immediately began throwing projectiles. The appeared in time police broke up the fighters and make them pay for the spoiled vegetables, but after a year they got there and already with his tomatoes.
Gradually, tomato and a firefight began citywide, despite the dissatisfaction of the police, they participated more and more people. In 1950, the local government has not prevented the implementation of Tomatina, I started to call this day. But the temperamental Spaniards did not always limited to throwing each other tomatoes, sometimes under the distribution of vegetables fell and influential person that resulted in a ban of the celebration in 1957. Frustrated that the Spaniards built a large funeral procession Tomatina, which is a huge coffin with a tomato was carried through the streets of the city, and the funeral procession, according to the rules, accompanied by the orchestra and the Wailers. Under pressure from the citizens, in 1959, local authorities were forced to lift the ban, and to recognize the Tomatina official holiday Bunyola.
It was then adopted rules for this holiday, operates to this day. Bans are only four:
— beginning and end of battles strictly defined signal petard with the town hall;
— you can not throw anything, except tomatoes, and the tomatoes must be squashed before throwing to avoid injuries;
— it is forbidden to tear each other’s clothes;
— it is impossible to prevent movement of trucks loaded with tomatoes.
With these simple rules, no celebration Tomatina has not led to serious incidents.
Until 1975 for their shells every citizen to pay out of pocket, bringing tomatoes to celebrating with you. A 75-m haul “ammunition” began the monks of the order of St. Louis Bertrand, the patron Saint of the city. Another five years for the organization of the festival took the city municipality, which dramatically increased the number of participants and the amount of scattered tomatoes.
End tomato fights dip in the pool, filled with tomato juice, and a drawing of a traditional Iberian pig hams. By the final celebration tomato mush underfoot reaches the ankles, and the neighboring houses, and indeed participants, painted in red color. After the battles of the area is washed and then a few days lasts Tomato festival, the last festival of this season.
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Now in August you have something to celebrate. And later I will prepare September.