Spain's Tomato-Throwing Festival Returns

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After a hiatus of two years due to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, Spain's iconic "Tomatina" festival returned with fervor on August 31. Held in the eastern town of Bunol, the renowned tomato fight witnessed the participation of thousands of enthusiastic individuals from diverse corners of the world.

A staggering 130 tons of overripe tomatoes were unloaded from trucks along the main street, setting the stage for an exuberant display of tomato warfare. Approximately 20,000 participants, each purchasing a $12 ticket, engaged in the spirited event, with many opting for protective measures such as wearing swimming goggles to shield their eyes.

The festival, rooted in a spontaneous food fight among local children in 1945, gained national and international prominence in the 1980s through media coverage. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the event also marked two decades since Spain elevated it to an international tourism attraction, attracting a global audience to partake in the lively and unconventional tradition.


1- What was the primary reason for the cancellation of the "Tomatina" festival in 2020 and 2021?

2- How many tons of tomatoes were brought for the "Tomatina" festival this year?

3- Apart from the 75th anniversary, what else did this year's "Tomatina" festival commemorate?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article by Alicia León.