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20,000 people threw trucks loaded with tomatoes at each other for an hour, which is a national tradition

20,000 people threw trucks loaded with tomatoes at each other for an hour, which is a national tradition

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More than 20,000 people gathered in Buñol, Spain, for throwing 130 tons of rotten tomatoes at each other on Wednesday.

The “La Tomatina” festival is a city tradition that spans 75 years, but it has had to stop this practice for the past two years due to COVID-19. The photos show party goers covered from head to toe mashed tomatoes With many of them possessing the foresight to wear goggles.

Trucks laden with rotten and unwanted fruit began arriving in the middle of the day, and attendees fired them at each other for more than an hour, according to Reuters.

The origins of the festival are obscure, but tradition says that a similar battle spontaneously broke out among the residents in 1945.

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The world’s largest food fight festival, La Tomatina, consists of throwing overripe, low-quality tomatoes at each other. (Zoe Voitten/Getty Images)

A truck arrives at the Town Hall loaded with tomatoes to be thrown at participants in the Tomatina Festival in Bunol, Spain, on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 (Zowy Voeten/Getty Images)

A truck arrives at the Town Hall loaded with tomatoes to be thrown at participants in the Tomatina Festival in Bunol, Spain, on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 (Zowy Voeten/Getty Images)

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La Tomatina is described as the largest food fight In the world.

The world's largest food fight festival, La Tomatina, consists of throwing overripe, low-quality tomatoes at each other.

The world’s largest food fight festival, La Tomatina, consists of throwing overripe, low-quality tomatoes at each other.
(Zoe Voitten/Getty Images)

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It is unclear how the city cleans up the mess.