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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 19 entries submitted in this pair during the submission phase, 3 of which were selected by peers to advance to the finals round.

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Entries (19 total; 3 finalists) Expand all entries

Entry #16610 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 3 users entered 14 "like" tags
  • 2 users agreed with "likes" (2 total agrees)
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regjimit fashist të diktatorit Franko
Flows well
r
Flows well
good term ​choice! g​ood work!
shndërrua
Flows well
fluturonin gjithandej
Flows well
nuk pengoi kurrsesi vazhdimësinë e luftërave të tjera
Flows well
sërë masash ndaluese
Good term selection
gjë që zgjati deri në shpërthimin e një proteste publike që bënte thirrje për lirimin e tyre
Flows well
Akti
Good term selection
priti krahëhapur
Flows well
epiqendra
Good term selection
me qëllim ruajtjen e rendit
Flows well
vetëm e vetëm
Flows well
me të rënë
Flows well
vështirë se të zë syri diçka që ngjason me domate të mirëfilltë
Flows well
Entry #19789 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 2 users entered 10 "like" tags
  • 2 users agreed with "likes" (7 total agrees)
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
orvateshin
Good term selection
dëmshpërblenin
Good term selection
+1
1
Pafytyrësia më e famshme ndaj ndalimeve
Flows well
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1
përqeshës
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+1
1
një dorë rregullash
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personalis​ht, më pël​qen zgjedh​ja
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1
traditën e krisur
Good term selection
+1
1
stilin e hareshëm spanjoll
Flows well
vrullojnë
Good term selection
+1
1
të qullur në domate
Flows well
-1
+1
2
zor se gjendet gjë që t'i përngjasë
Flows well
Entry #17293 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 2 users entered 5 "like" tags
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
me qivu
Good term selection
Megjithëse janë domatet ato që qëndrojnë në plan të parë
Flows well
paraprin
Good term selection
gatim
Good term selection
-1
1
festival të pafre
Good term selection


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