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Annual ProZ.com translation contest: "Celebrations" » English to Urdu

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Source text in English

Who cast that first fateful tomato that started the La Tomatina revolution? The reality is no one knows. Maybe it was an anti-Franco rebellion, or a carnival that got out of hand. According to the most popular version of the story, during the 1945 festival of Los Gigantes (a giant paper mâché puppet parade), locals were looking to stage a brawl to get some attention. They happened upon a vegetable cart nearby and started hurling ripe tomatoes. Innocent onlookers got involved until the scene escalated into a massive melee of flying fruit. The instigators had to repay the tomato vendors, but that didn't stop the recurrence of more tomato fights—and the birth of a new tradition.

Fearful of an unruly escalation, authorities enacted, relaxed, and then reinstated a series of bans in the 1950s. In 1951, locals who defied the law were imprisoned until public outcry called for their release. The most famous effrontery to the tomato bans happened in 1957 when proponents held a mock tomato funeral complete with a coffin and procession. After 1957, the local government decided to roll with the punches, set a few rules in place, and embraced the wacky tradition.

Though the tomatoes take center stage, a week of festivities lead up to the final showdown. It's a celebration of Buñol's patron saints, the Virgin Mary and St. Louis Bertrand, with street parades, music, and fireworks in joyous Spanish fashion. To build up your strength for the impending brawl, an epic paella is served on the eve of the battle, showcasing an iconic Valencian dish of rice, seafood, saffron, and olive oil.

Today, this unfettered festival has some measure of order. Organizers have gone so far as to cultivate a special variety of unpalatable tomatoes just for the annual event. Festivities kick off around 10 a.m. when participants race to grab a ham fixed atop a greasy pole. Onlookers hose the scramblers with water while singing and dancing in the streets. When the church bell strikes noon, trucks packed with tomatoes roll into town, while chants of "To-ma-te, to-ma-te!" reach a crescendo.

Then, with the firing of a water cannon, the main event begins. That's the green light for crushing and launching tomatoes in all-out attacks against fellow participants. Long distance tomato lobbers, point-blank assassins, and medium range hook shots. Whatever your technique, by the time it's over, you will look (and feel) quite different. Nearly an hour later, tomato-soaked bombers are left to play in a sea of squishy street salsa with little left resembling a tomato to be found. A second cannon shot signals the end of the battle.

The winning entry has been announced in this pair.

There were 15 entries submitted in this pair during the submission phase, 3 of which were selected by peers to advance to the finals round. The winning entry was determined based on finals round voting by peers.

Competition in this pair is now closed.


Entries (15 total; 3 finalists) Expand all entries

Entry #16168 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Saghir Ahmed
Saghir Ahmed
Pakistan
Winner
Voting points1st2nd3rd
296 x41 x23 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry3.323.33 (12 ratings)3.31 (13 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 3 users entered 14 "like" tags
  • 4 users agreed with "likes" (5 total agrees)
  • 9 users disagreed with "likes" (31 total disagrees)
-5
4
کس نجیب الطرفین نے شومئی تقدیر سے وہ پہلا شگن آمیز ٹماٹر پھینکا تھا
Flows well
Best Urdu
Aftab Ahmed
-5
3
س نے حسن آفرین انقلاب ٹماٹر کو دوام سبک خرامی بخشا؟ حقیقت حال کا کسی کو ادراک نہیں
Flows well
The overal​l style is​ little an​tiquated, ​but highly​ elegant, ​good depic​tion,shows​ the trans​lator's va​st literar​y knowledg​e. I think​ it should​ should be​ placed fi​rst
SaimaK
-3
2
تماشائے انبساط۔ کہانی کا مقبول زدعام پہلو یوں بیان کیا جاتا ہے
Flows well
Very good ​descriptio​n
Aftab Ahmed
-4
+1
2
یہاں تک کہ منظر نامہ روبہ پرواز پھل کے ایک بڑے میدان کارساز کا نقشہ پیش کرنے لگا۔
Flows well
Excellent ​Descriptio​n
Aftab Ahmed
-2
1
خود سرانہ تندی سے لرزہ براندم، حکام نے قانون وضع کیا،
Good term selection
I like thi​s translat​ion best
Aftab Ahmed
-3
+1
2
جو قانونی موشگافیوں کے مرتکب قرار پائے
Flows well
Excellent ​urdu
Aftab Ahmed
پابند سلاسل
Good term selection
Aftab Ahmed
-4
3
امتناع ٹماٹر سے متعلق سب سے مشہور دیدہ دلیری کا ظہور 1957 میں ہوا جب جیالے محرکین نے تابوت و جلوس کے ہمراہ ایک تمثیلی جنازہ ٹماٹر منعقد کیا۔
Flows well
Text is tr​anslated s​uperb
Aftab Ahmed
بلائے ناگہانی
Flows well
Aftab Ahmed
-2
+2
3
تاہم جشن طراب کا ایک ہفتہ حتمی جلوہ نمائی پر منتہج ہوتا ہے
Good term selection
very fluen​t
Aftab Ahmed
عروج
Good term selection
Aftab Ahmed
آبی توپ داغنے
Flows well
nice trans​lation
Aftab Ahmed
دھاوا بول دینے
Flows well
Good trans​lation
Aftab Ahmed
-3
+1
2
۔
Flows well
This Trans​lation loo​ks best in​ all aspec​ts, best s​entence st​ructure, a​nd good us​e of Urdu ​vocabulary​ and excel​lent prese​ntation of​ the scena​rio
Raja Ikram
Entry #19460 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
ShahzadMalik
Pakistan
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
265 x42 x22 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry3.093.17 (6 ratings)3.00 (7 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 1 user entered 1 "like" tag
  • 2 users disagreed with "likes" (2 total disagrees)
-2
2
علامتی ٹماٹر ج
Good term selection
SaimaK