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In pictures: Tomatina festival
People throw tomatoes at each other in Bunol, Spain
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At least 20,000 people throng the streets of Bunol, in Spain, to participate in a giant tomato fight.
People throw tomatoes at each other in Bunol, Spain
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It took at least five trucks to deliver the 130 tonnes of fruit that give the annual Tomatina festival its name.
People play in crushed tomatoes during the Tomatina festival
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The festival is said to have its origins in a battle between friends in the 1940s.
Two women covered in tomatoes pose in a doorway
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The authorities in Bunol ask participants not to wear tops during the event.
People play in crushed tomatoes during the Tomatina festival
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They also insist that tomatoes are crushed before being thrown to avoid injuring anyone.
People wallow in crushed tomatoes during the Tomatina festival
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The hour-long pelting session attracts enthusiastic participants from around the world.
A man wallows in crushed tomatoes during the Tomatina festival
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The town square is turned into a mass of raw tomato soup.



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