Photos| La Tomatina: The annual food fight takes place in Spain

Some 22,000 people pelted around 160 tons of ripe tomatoes at each other during the 72nd anniversary of La Tomatina festival, the epic food fight on the streets of Buñol, which occurs every year on Wednesday towards the end of August.

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La Tomatina, is a Spanish festival held in the Valencian town of Buñol, in the East of Spain. In this particular festival participants come from all over the world to get involved in harmless fight where more than one hundred metric tons of over ripe tomatoes are thrown in the street. (REUTERS)

La Tomatina, is a Spanish festival held in the Valencian town of Buñol, in the East of Spain. In this particular festival participants come from all over the world to get involved in harmless fight where more than one hundred metric tons of over ripe tomatoes are thrown in the street. (REUTERS)

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The annual ‘Tomatina’ battle, which has become major tourist attraction, about 160 tons of tomatoes are dumped by the trucks for around 20,000 participants in the town of Buñol. (Alberto Saiz / AP)

The annual ‘Tomatina’ battle, which has become major tourist attraction, about 160 tons of tomatoes are dumped by the trucks for around 20,000 participants in the town of Buñol. (Alberto Saiz / AP)

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Every year on Wednesday towards the end of August this weeklong festival begins which features music, dance, parades, and fireworks. For the participants a paella cooking festival is organized a night before the tomato fight. (JAIME REINA / AFP)

Every year on Wednesday towards the end of August this weeklong festival begins which features music, dance, parades, and fireworks. For the participants a paella cooking festival is organized a night before the tomato fight. (JAIME REINA / AFP)

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The tomato fight festival La Tomatina has been strong tradition in Bunol since 1945. There is no certainty of the fact how the tradition of this festival began. (AP)

The tomato fight festival La Tomatina has been strong tradition in Bunol since 1945. There is no certainty of the fact how the tradition of this festival began. (AP)

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There are various theories which includes that it began with local food fight among friends, a practical joke on a bad musician, a volley of tomatoes from bystanders at a carnival parade and many more. (Heino Kalis / REUTERS)

There are various theories which includes that it began with local food fight among friends, a practical joke on a bad musician, a volley of tomatoes from bystanders at a carnival parade and many more. (Heino Kalis / REUTERS)

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Without knowing the origin of the tradition, it has kept repeating year after year as it is enjoyed so much. As said to be ‘the world’s biggest food fight’, this iconic food fiesta celebrates its 72nd anniversary and has become a major draw for foreigners particularly from the United States, Britain and Japan. (JAIME REINA / AFP)

Without knowing the origin of the tradition, it has kept repeating year after year as it is enjoyed so much. As said to be ‘the world’s biggest food fight’, this iconic food fiesta celebrates its 72nd anniversary and has become a major draw for foreigners particularly from the United States, Britain and Japan. (JAIME REINA / AFP)

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There is a short list of instructions for the safety measures which is needed to be followed i.e. not to throw bottles or hard objects, not to rip T-shirts, tomatoes to squash before throwing on other participants, a safe distance has to maintained from trucks and after the second starter pistol shot one must stop throwing tomatoes. (JAIME REINA / AFP)

There is a short list of instructions for the safety measures which is needed to be followed i.e. not to throw bottles or hard objects, not to rip T-shirts, tomatoes to squash before throwing on other participants, a safe distance has to maintained from trucks and after the second starter pistol shot one must stop throwing tomatoes. (JAIME REINA / AFP)

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The fight normally lasts for an hour, after which the town square is covered with tomato debris. (JAIME REINA / AFP)

The fight normally lasts for an hour, after which the town square is covered with tomato debris. (JAIME REINA / AFP)

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The streets are then hosed down by fire trucks and participants often use hoses provided by the locals to remove the tomatoes from their bodies. (JAIME REINA / AFP)

The streets are then hosed down by fire trucks and participants often use hoses provided by the locals to remove the tomatoes from their bodies. (JAIME REINA / AFP)

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