Origin and history of the Tomatina

It all started on the last Wednesday of August 1945, when some young people spent time in the People’s Square to witness the parade of giants and big heads and other acts of the party.

Tells the story of the Tomatina that the boys decided to make a hole in the procession of a parade with musicians, giants and bigheaded. The impetus of the youngsters caused a participant to fall who, seized with anger, began to hit everything in his path. By a whim of fate, there was a vegetable stand that was fed by the enraged crowd: people started throwing tomatoes at each other until the law enforcement forces put an end to the vegetable battle.

The following year, the youths repeated the altercation voluntarily and brought the tomatoes from their house. Although the police dissolved the recent tradition in successive years, the children, without knowing anything, had made history.

La Tomatina was banned in the early 50’s, which did not deter its participants who were even arrested. But the people spoke and the party allowed again, joining more participants and becoming more and more frantic.

The party was, again, canceled until 1957, when, in protest, the tomato burial was held: a demonstration in which the neighbors carried a coffin with a large tomato inside.

The parade was accompanied by a band that played funeral marches and its success was total. Finally the Tomatina was allowed and the party was officially established.


Image: La Tomatina Oficial Flickr

‘Informe Semanal¡ popularized

The party began to be popular in the rest of Spain thanks to the report by Javier Basilio, broadcast on the program of Spanish Television ‘Informe Semanal’ in 1983. Thus began the History of the Tomatina in its modern era, which has given it international projection.

Since then, year after year the number of participants and enthusiasm for La Tomatina has increased. The success has led to La Tomatina de Buñol was declared in 2002 Festival of International Tourist Interest by the General Secretariat of Tourism.