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2014 annual ProZ.com translation contest: "Celebrations" » English to Latvian

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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 14 entries submitted in this pair during the submission phase, 4 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 (14 total; 4 finalists) Expand all entries

Entry #18328 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
vita z
vita z
Latvia
Winner
Voting points1st2nd3rd
6515 x41 x23 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry3.353.29 (7 ratings)3.40 (5 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 6 "like" tags
  • 4 users agreed with "likes" (4 total agrees)
  • 2 users disagreed with "likes" (3 total disagrees)
-1
Cīniņā nevilšus tika ierauti skatītāji
Flows well
Austra Muizniece
brīžiem palaižot grožus vaļīgāk, brīžiem pievelkot stingrāk
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Austra Muizniece
+1
nav vērts iet pret straumi
Flows well
Laura Luse (X)
+3
Mūsdienās šajā jautrajā juceklī ir ieviesta zināma kārtība
Flows well
Austra Muizniece
-1
garšas ziņā mazvērtīgus tomātus
Flows well
Laura Luse (X)
Entry #20767 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
304 x45 x24 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry3.343.38 (8 ratings)3.29 (7 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 3 users entered 7 "like" tags
  • 4 users agreed with "likes" (5 total agrees)
  • 3 users disagreed with "likes" (8 total disagrees)
Lai gan vainīgie, kas sakūdīja apkārtējos, bija spiesti samaksāt tomātu tirgotājiem, šī nebūt nebija pēdējā tomātu kauja — un tā radās jauna tradīcija.
Flows well
Proftranslat
-1
+2
50. gados vairākkārtīgi ieviesa un atkal atcēla tomātu kauju aizliegumus
Flows well
Laura Luse (X)
-1
slavens ar īpaši nekaunīgu izaicinājumu tomātu kauju aizliegumam
Flows well
Laura Luse (X)
-1
+1
ar gājieniem, koncertiem un uguņošanu īsti spāniskā garā
Flows well
Austra Muizniece
-2
+1
Jūs varat vienkārši svaidīties ar tomātiem visriņķī, censties trāpīt precīzi mērķī vai mest tomātus līdzīgi kā basketbola bumbas
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Austra Muizniece
-2
ar tomātu sulu un mizām noklātie dalībnieki
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Laura Luse (X)
-1
+1
grūti atrast veselu, neapskādētu tomātu
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Laura Luse (X)
Entry #19172 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
275 x42 x23 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.952.89 (9 ratings)3.00 (8 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 3 users entered 8 "like" tags
  • 2 users agreed with "likes" (2 total agrees)
  • 3 users disagreed with "likes" (5 total disagrees)
Kūdītājiem
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OscarZ
-1
ceremonijas
Good term selection
OscarZ
-2
Luija Bertrāna
Good term selection
OscarZ
+1
nebaudāmas
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Laura Luse (X)
Skatītāji censoņus apšļāc ar ūdeni
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Laura Luse (X)
-1
pilsētā iebrauc tomātiem pilnas kravas mašīnas
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Laura Luse (X)
+1
bliešana tiešā tēmējumā
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Austra Muizniece
Entry #21709 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
1205 x22 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.842.67 (6 ratings)3.00 (5 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 3 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (1 total agree)
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
vietējie lūkoja sarīkot traci, lai pievērstu sev uzmanību.
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Marta Muizniece
-1
1950. gados varas iestādes ieviesa, mīkstināja un pēc tam atkal atjaunoja virkni aizliegumu.
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Austra Muizniece
+1
ar ielu gājieniem, mūziku un uguņošanu līksmā spāņu garā.
Flows well
Austra Muizniece


Non-finalist entries

The following entries were not selected by peers to advance to finals-round voting.

Entry #19657 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.642.60 (5 ratings)2.67 (6 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 3 "like" tags
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (3 total disagrees)
-1
Viņi uzgrūdās dārzeņu divričiem un sāka mētāt gatavos tomātus
Flows well
Laura Luse (X)
-1
Ielās dziedošie un dejojošie skatītāji šos censoņus aplaista ar ūdeni no šļūtenes.
Flows well
Andra M (lv)
-1
tomātos izmirkušie strēlnieki turpina plosīties staignā ielas salsas jūrā
Good term selection
Lieliski i​zteicieni!
Laura Luse (X)
Entry #16679 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.472.43 (7 ratings)2.50 (6 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 4 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (1 total agree)
  • 2 users disagreed with "likes" (4 total disagrees)
-1
1951. gadā vietējie iedzīvotāji, kas bija pārkāpuši šos aizliegumus, nonāca cietumā, līdz sabiedrības protesti panāca viņu atbrīvošanu
Flows well
Laura Luse (X)
-2
1
samierinoties ar šo viņuprāt muļķīgo tradīciju,
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Laura Luse (X)
+1
Mūsdienās šim bezrūpīgajam festivālam piemīt zināma kārtība.
Flows well
Austra Muizniece
-1
Kad baznīcas zvans iezvana pusdienlaiku
Flows well
Austra Muizniece
Entry #21787 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.352.20 (5 ratings)2.50 (4 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 1 user entered 2 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (1 total agree)
nepretoties laika garam
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Laura Luse (X)
+1
1
kaujinieki ir izmērcēti līdz pēdējai vīlītei
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Laura Luse (X)
Entry #20383 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.172.17 (6 ratings)2.17 (6 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 4 "like" tags
  • 2 users agreed with "likes" (2 total agrees)
  • 3 users disagreed with "likes" (6 total disagrees)
-1
+2
kurā tika izsmiets tomātu cīņu aizliegums – tradīcijas aizstāvji organizēja tomātu bēres ar zārku un sērotāju pulku
Flows well
Andra M (lv)
-2
Tomāti ir un paliek uzmanības centrā, un svētku nedēļa noslēdzas ar vispārēju cīņu.
Flows well
Marta Muizniece
-1
1
rūgtie dārzeņi ir paredzēti tikai tomātu kaujām.
Flows well
Marta Muizniece
-2
ko pilda mīksto tomātu jūra
Flows well
Marta Muizniece
Entry #17084 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
emia
emia
Latvia
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.072.00 (7 ratings)2.14 (7 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 2 "like" tags
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
-1
uzkūdītājiem
Good term selection
Laura Luse (X)
šim bezrūpīgajam festivālam ir noteikta sava kārtība.
Flows well
Marta Muizniece
Entry #21607 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.002.00 (6 ratings)2.00 (6 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 6 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (1 total agree)
  • 2 users disagreed with "likes" (6 total disagrees)
-1
izspēlēt kautiņu
Flows well
Laura Luse (X)
-2
pašvaldība salūza tomāta spiediena priekšā
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Efektīgs i​zteiciens
Laura Luse (X)
-1
Lai gan svarīgākā loma pasākumā ir atvēlēta tomātiem
Flows well
Austra Muizniece
-1
+1
Pasākuma organizatori ir gājuši pat tik tālu, ka ikgadējā pasākuma vajadzībām ir izveidojuši īpašu nebaudāmu tomātu šķirni
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Austra Muizniece
notrieptu
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Laura Luse (X)
-1
citādi, kā pirms tam
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Laura Luse (X)
Entry #16759 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry1.802.00 (7 ratings)1.60 (5 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 1 user entered 1 "like" tag
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
-1
Luijam Bertrānam
Good term selection
OscarZ
Entry #21394 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Tereze
Tereze
Latvia
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry1.701.60 (5 ratings)1.80 (5 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 1 user entered 1 "like" tag
vietējie esot iecerējuši inscenēt traci
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Laura Luse (X)
Entry #21061 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry1.671.67 (6 ratings)1.67 (6 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 1 user entered 1 "like" tag
Pēc 1957. gada vietējā vara nolēma iet līdzi straumei un pieņemt šo dīvaino tradīciju.
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Austra Muizniece
Entry #17782 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry1.001.00 (6 ratings)1.00 (7 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • No "like" tags


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