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La Tomatina
番茄大戰

Revelers throw tomatoes at each other during the annual “Tomatina” in the village of Bunol, Valencia, Spain, on Aug. 30. Trucks dumped 160 tonnes of tomatoes for some 20,000 participants.
遊客八月三十日在西班牙瓦倫西亞的布尼奧爾一年一度的「番茄大戰」活動中玩樂。卡車載來一百六十噸的番茄,讓參與者丟擲。活動約有兩萬人參加。

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Nobody can really say for certain when La Tomatina, the epic food fight fought entirely with tomatoes in the Spanish town of Bunol on the last Wednesday of August every year, actually started.

There is one theory, however: that it all began in 1945, during a parade in the village of people dressed as giants with massive heads. The story goes that one of the giants was accidentally knocked over by teenagers trying to join the parade and, enraged, picked a fight with them. The fight ended when the police intervened, but not after the kids started a precedent by pelting their giant assailant with tomatoes from a nearby market stall.

With the exception of a few years during which the event was banned, La Tomatina has been held annually in the village, attracting huge numbers of revelers from all over the world. Over time the event has become a victim of its own success, and numbers of people flocking to the village to take part have mushroomed to tens of thousands.

Since 2013, visitors have needed a ticket to participate, with numbers restricted to 20,000. The fight itself begins at 11am and finishes 2 hours later. Tonnes of overripe tomatoes are trucked in, and local storekeepers put up plastic sheeting to protect their properties. When the festivities are over, the buildings are hosed down.(Paul Cooper, Taipei Times)

沒有人知道西班牙「番茄大戰」到底是從何時開始的,「番茄大戰」是每年八月最後一個星期三,在西班牙小鎮布尼奧爾舉行的盛典。在活動中,人們以蕃茄互相攻擊。

然而有此一說:一切都是從一九四五年村裡一場遊行開始的,參加該遊行的村民打扮成頭很大的巨人;其中一個巨人被想加入遊行的一群青少年不小心撞倒了,巨人一怒之下便跟這些青少年打起架來,直到警察介入方才停止。在這場混仗中這些青少年拿附近攤子上的番茄砸向巨人,而開啟了番茄大戰的先例。

除了有幾年活動被禁,番茄大戰每年都舉辦,吸引了來自世界各地的龐大人群來到此鎮狂歡。該活動多年來愈見成功,反而造成了困擾,湧入村裡的人數迅速增加,已多達數萬人。

自二○一三年起,遊客須取得門票才能夠參加,門票數量為兩萬張。番茄大戰活動在上午十一點開始,兩小時後結束。一噸噸過熟的番茄運送進來,當地的店家們用塑料布遮住店鋪,以保護其財產不受損害。狂歡活動結束後,建築物便被沖洗乾淨。

(台北時報編譯林俐凱譯)

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