La Tomatina Buñol
One of Spain’s other major celebrations is La Tomatina, a “tomato war” held in the town of Buñol outside Valencia. Tourists and locals gather on the last Wednesday of August each year to stage a tomato-chucking battle of epic proportions. This event is part of a week-long festival in honor of Buñol’s patron saint.
As with most other Spanish holidays, street parties and parades are customary. Thousands of combatants take part in the final tomato war. According to Frommer’s, the actual food fight lasts for two hours.
The local government sponsors the event by sending in over 88,000 pounds of tomatoes to be used as ammunition. Communal shower stations are set up around town for cleanup after the fun comes to an end.