¡Arriba Tomates!

Festivals are explosions of culture that take place around the world, celebrating in all sorts of forms and colours, welcoming anyone who cares to join. At a higher humanitarian level, festivals bring harmony and peace; at an individual level, they are exhilarating and can bring a lot of fun.

As India has Holi, so does Spain have La Tomatina. On the last Wednesday of August in Buñol near Valencia in Spain, the population paints the town red. While the thought of wasting and playing with food is somewhat disturbing (even if the sacrificed tomatoes are allegedly of a quality unsuitable to the consumer), the festival makes for an opportunity to take fun and brightly coloured snaps.

Photos: jadwigasz, iwant2go2spain.co.uk, roughguides.com

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