Kolkata: ‘A slice of Spain with Desi Tadka’ as they call it, Kolkata to chant in the tunes of Zoya Akhtar’s movie, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ as the city is going to host a La Tomatina Festival on August 9, 2015 this year. According to sources, the festival will be held at Aquatica. It would be one of the most with the Age events as the City will be seen taking part in the Tomato fury in the pools. However, some of the city dwellers think that the festival that involves revellers throwing squashed tomatoes at each other smacks of bad taste and an utter disrespect for food. Washing away the obstacles, the Aquatica authorities have geared up for this event to bring in the Spanish feel in the City Of Joy. One can also book the tickets in Bookmyshow or directly from Aquatica.
The original La Tomatina Festival is held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol near Valencia in Spain. It began sometime in 1944/1945 though no one is exactly certain about the origin of this Festival. Thousands of people from all parts of the world come to attend the “World’s Biggest Food Fight” where more than 100 metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. The week-long Festival features music, parades, dancing and fireworks. On the night before the tomato fight, participants of the Festival compete in a paella cooking contest too. Participants are advised to wear safety goggles and gloves. In addition, they must squish the tomatoes before throwing for safety precautions. Another rule is that no one is allowed to carry anything that might lead to a serious brawl. Although it is forbidden to tear someone else’s clothing, the crowd invariably rips the shirt of any clothed person.