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Tomatina 2018
A man takes a photo in the midst of the crowds at Tomatina 2018. AFP
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Tomatina 2018: Buñol gets messy at its world-famous fiesta

A total of 145 tons of tomatoes were thrown this morning in the Valencian town, at an event that has become a global destination for tourists all around the world. Taking place as always on the last Wednesday of the month of August, this morning’s edition was expected to attract as many as 20,000 participants, many from abroad

  • The Tomatina has its roots from a disagreement between two youngsters in 1945 in the Valencian town, culminating in a huge tomato fight in the main square.
    1The Tomatina has its roots from a disagreement between two youngsters in 1945 in the Valencian town, culminating in a huge tomato fight in the main square. REUTERS
  • Last year saw the local authorities crack down on sexual harassment at the event, in the wake of the Running of the Bulls rape case and increased awareness in Spain over the issue.
    2Last year saw the local authorities crack down on sexual harassment at the event, in the wake of the Running of the Bulls rape case and increased awareness in Spain over the issue. AP
  • The event has drawn criticism in the past for being a waste of food, but the supplier of the fruit has made clear that the tomatoes used are not suitable for sale, and are kept in cold storage for several weeks ahead of the event.
    3The event has drawn criticism in the past for being a waste of food, but the supplier of the fruit has made clear that the tomatoes used are not suitable for sale, and are kept in cold storage for several weeks ahead of the event.
  • There was controversy at the 2015 edition of the Tomatina fiestas, after a Google Street View car, which the search engine giant had sent to capture images of the event as it took place, suffered serious damage as attendees jumped on top of it.
    4There was controversy at the 2015 edition of the Tomatina fiestas, after a Google Street View car, which the search engine giant had sent to capture images of the event as it took place, suffered serious damage as attendees jumped on top of it. AP
  • Attendees often wear swimming goggles or masks during the main event to keep their eyes clear of the flying tomatoes.
    5Attendees often wear swimming goggles or masks during the main event to keep their eyes clear of the flying tomatoes. REUTERS
  • The crowd at this morning’s event.
    6The crowd at this morning’s event. AP
  • An attendee in a pool of tomato at the Tomatina 2018.
    7An attendee in a pool of tomato at the Tomatina 2018.
  • The tomatoes are thrown into the crowd from a truck.
    8The tomatoes are thrown into the crowd from a truck. REUTERS
  • A man takes a photo with his cellphone during the 2018 Tomatina.
    9A man takes a photo with his cellphone during the 2018 Tomatina. AFP
  • A view of the crowd during today’s Tomatina 2018.
    10A view of the crowd during today’s Tomatina 2018. AFP