真っ赤になるまで投げまくる! スペインのトマト祭り、知って行った気になるトリビア

その日は街中、赤い液体の海に...なんて聞くと、ドラキュラ伯爵の白昼夢のようですが、この場合の赤は全部トマトなのでご安心を。「世界最大のトマト投げ祭り」とは、どんなものなのでしょうか?

先週29日、スペイン東部にある小さな街ブニョールで、毎年恒例のトマト祭り「トマティーナ」(La Tomatina)が行なわれました。人口約9,800人の街に世界中から4万人近くの「トマト愛好家」が訪れ、誰彼かまわずトマトを投げ合うこのお祭りについて、面白い事実を5位から1位までご紹介します。

No. 5:1時間のトマト投げ合戦で、使われるトマトの量はなんと45トン(従来)。今年は3日にわたりお祭りが行われたので、使ったトマトは実に125トンだったとか。

No. 4:使われるトマトは、南スペイン地域で栽培されたものを搬入。このお祭りのために育てられたもので、食用ではない。

No. 3:参加者は、市議会が定めたいくつかのルールに従わねばならない。例えば、人にあざをつけたり怪我をさせないよう、トマトは潰してから投げる。また戦い中、人のシャツを破いてはいけない、など。(じゃあ、自分のシャツはいいんでしょうか。)

No. 2:トマト祭りは1945年に始まったと言われているが、正確なところは誰も知らない。主流な説は、その年「巨人と頭でっかち祭り」(Gigantes y cabezudos)に参加できなかった若者たちが怒りのあまり、市議会の面々に街広場でトマトを投げつけたのが始まり、というもの。

(なぜトマト...?ちょうど街広場に、野菜スタンドがあったので。ちなみに、「楽しかったからまたやろうぜ」ということになった次の年以降は、自宅からトマトを持ち寄ったとか。けっこう感心な若者たち!?)

No. 1:トマト投げ合戦が終わった後、街からどろどろのトマト果肉を洗い流すのは、ローマ帝国時代に作られた水路を流れてくる水で、使われるのは地元の消防車。

小さい頃、「食べ物を投げちゃいけません!」と言われてがっかりした人、学校で友達と給食のパンを投げ合って怒鳴られた人...一度8月末に、ブニョールを訪ねてみては?

↓ 記事下のフォトギャラリーも、ぜひお楽しみください。

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記事元:HuffPost WorldOn AOL TravelYouTube(ITN)

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真っ赤になるまで投げまくる! スペインのトマト祭り、知って行った気になるトリビア

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  A reveller takes photos during the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Revelers are covered in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people threw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Revellers throw tomatoes at each other during the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Revelers are covered in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people threw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Revellers walk away from tomato fights during the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people threw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  A reveler jumps on tomato pulp while participating in the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people threw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Revellers throw tomatoes at each other during the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  A reveler slides on tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Revellers throw tomatoes at each other during the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Revellers throw tomatoes at each other during the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Revellers throw tomatoes at each other during the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  A reveler lay on tomato pulp to pose for a photo while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Revellers throw tomato pulp while participating in the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  A reveler is covered in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Revellers throw tomato pulp at each other during the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  A girl stands under water during the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  A Japanese girl stand covered in tomato pulp while participating in the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  A Japanese girl sits in tomato pulp while participating in the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Revellers throw tomatoes at each other during the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Revelers are covered in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Revellers use the public showers after participating on the annual Tomatina festival on August 29, 2012 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 35,000 people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

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