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

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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.

There were 12 entries submitted in this pair during the submission phase, 4 of which were selected by peers to advance to the finals round.

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Entries (12 total; 4 finalists) Expand all entries

Entry #19969 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 2 users entered 4 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (1 total agree)
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Kyse saattoi olla kapinasta Francoa vastaan tai karnevaalista, joka ryöstäytyi käsistä.
Flows well
Hyvä synta​ksi
laajeni valtavaksi lentävien tomaattien sekamelskaks
Flows well
Luis Bertránia
Good term selection
liukkaan pylvään
Good term selection
Entry #19007 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 4 users entered 8 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (2 total agrees)
+1
Viattomat sivustakatsojat sotkeutuivat tilanteeseen, joka yltyi lopulta kaoottiseksi lentävien kasvisten sekamelskaksi.
Flows well
+1
arkkuineen ja kulkueineen päivineen
Flows well
juhlinta kestää kokonaisen viikon ennen huipentumistaan
Other
catches th​e essence ​of the ori​ginal text​ and flows​ nicely to​o
Luis Bertránia
Good term selection
This is Sp​anish, not​ English
Jotta kaikilla olisi voimia lähestyvään nujakkaan
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flows real​ly nicely
säntäävät tavoittelemaan
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nice choic​e of words​!
Kun kirkonkello lyö keskipäivän merkiksi, tomaatteja pursuavat kuorma-autot rullaavat kaupunkiin ja ”To-ma-te, to-ma-te!”-huudot saavuttavat huippunsa.
Flows well
another ni​cely flowi​ng sentenc​e
Pitkän matkan tomaatti-iskuja, lähihyökkäyksiä ja keskipitkän matkan tykityksiä – olipa tekniikka mikä tahansa, kun kaikki on ohi, olo näyttää (ja tuntuu) hyvin erilaiselta.
Good term selection
Entry #19298 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 2 users entered 2 "like" tags
vastalause
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vallitsee jonkinasteinen järjestys
Flows well
nice!
Entry #20731 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 5 users entered 8 "like" tags
  • 2 users agreed with "likes" (3 total agrees)
läheisen vihanneskärryn kypsät tomaatit kelpasivat heittovälineiksi
Flows well
+1
Yleisen kaaoksen pelossa
Flows well
tomaattikielloille irvailtiin
Flows well
+1
hyväksyi vinksahtaneen perinteen muutamin rajoituksin.
Flows well
San Luis Bertránia
Good term selection
katutappelijat toimittavat tomaatit suoraan päin näköä.
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well done
, ja olokin on sen mukainen.
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nice flow
+1
Lähes tuntia myöhemmin tomaattimurskassa uitetut pommittajat temmeltävät litsahtelevan salsan peittämällä kadulla, jossa ei näy juuri mitään tomaattia muistuttavaa
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