Can you imagine 40,000 people throwing 130 tons of tomatoes at one another in the middle of town square? That’s exactly what happens on the last Wednesday of August in Bunol, a small town near Valencia, Spain.
It all started when some dissatisfied citizens threw tomatoes of council members during some local festivities. They got away with it, and the fun caught on. Today it is actually the city council that sponsors this messy battle. People of all ages, and now from different parts of the world, take part in this festival.
At midday exactly, at the sound of a cannon shot, trucks filled with ripe tomatoes unload their cargo in the center of town. This is the moment people have been waiting for ! Excited crowds grab the tomatoes, and the world’s biggest tomato fight begins. Neighbors also participate in the battle by throwing buckets of water from their balconies and windows to refresh the warriors in the battle of the tomatoes. Soon all the walls of houses are covered in red, and participants are knee-deep in tomato juice.
The fight lasts for one hour, after which people head for the river or to public showers, to remove the mess from their hair and bodies.
Answer the questions.
1. Where does the Tomatina take place?
2. How did it start in the past?
3. What is the signal to start the festival?
4. What kind of tomatoes are used in the event?
5. How long does the fight last?
6. After the fight, what do the people do?
แหล่งที่มาของข้อมูล : หนังสือ My World 5 by Manuel dos Santos ,
อักษรเจริญทัศน์ , McGraw Hill