Alongside the Bull fights, one of Spain’s most widely recognized festivals is La Tomatina. Today marks the completion of seven decades since the first festival, and joining in on the celebrations is Google, which has dedicated a doodle on its homepage. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year
Unlike some of the recent ones, Google has opted for an animated doodle today. The doodle shows people throwing tomatoes at each other. The word Google is formed with a combination of splattered tomatoes and some that are laying on the ground in a heap. Also Read - Google Workspace now available for everyone, including free Google account owners
The story of Spain’s iconic festival dates back to 1945. A group of youngsters in Bunol, near Valencia went to the town square to watch the Giants and Big-heads parade. These boys accidentally strayed too close to the parade, causing one musician to trip and fall. In a fit of rage, the musician started throwing vegetables from a nearby stall towards the crowd. Soon it became a free-for-all fight. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship
The police soon intervened and stopped the fight, but history had been created on that day. Since then on every last Wednesday in the month of August, the La Tomatina festival is celebrated by the town folks. Thousands of tourists too come to Bunol to take part in the ‘World’s biggest food fight’.
Since 1945, the festival has been banned a ccouple of times, only to be restarted due to its popularity. In 2002, La Tomatina was declared’ Festivity of International Tourist Interest’ by the Secretary Department of Tourism due to its success.