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    2018-5-11 00:00
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    发表于 2018-5-10 23:58 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
    Who cast that first fateful tomato that started the La Tomatina revolution? The reality is no one knows. Maybe it was an anti-Franco rebellion, or a carnival that got out of hand. According to the most popular version of the story, during the 1945 festival of Los Gigantes (a giant paper mâché puppet parade), locals were looking to stage a brawl to get some attention. They happened upon a vegetable cart nearby and started hurling ripe tomatoes. Innocent onlookers got involved until the scene escalated into a massive melee of flying fruit. The instigators had to repay the tomato vendors, but that didn't stop the recurrence of more tomato fights—and the birth of a new tradition.

    Fearful of an unruly escalation, authorities enacted, relaxed, and then reinstated a series of bans in the 1950s. In 1951, locals who defied the law were imprisoned until public outcry called for their release. The most famous effrontery to the tomato bans happened in 1957 when proponents held a mock tomato funeral complete with a coffin and procession. After 1957, the local government decided to roll with the punches, set a few rules in place, and embraced the wacky tradition.

    Though the tomatoes take center stage, a week of festivities lead up to the final showdown. It's a celebration of Buñol's patron saints, the Virgin Mary and St. Louis Bertrand, with street parades, music, and fireworks in joyous Spanish fashion. To build up your strength for the impending brawl, an epic paella is served on the eve of the battle, showcasing an iconic Valencian dish of rice, seafood, saffron, and olive oil.

    Today, this unfettered festival has some measure of order. Organizers have gone so far as to cultivate a special variety of unpalatable tomatoes just for the annual event. Festivities kick off around 10 a.m. when participants race to grab a ham fixed atop a greasy pole. Onlookers hose the scramblers with water while singing and dancing in the streets. When the church bell strikes noon, trucks packed with tomatoes roll into town, while chants of "To-ma-te, to-ma-te!" reach a crescendo.

    Then, with the firing of a water cannon, the main event begins. That's the green light for crushing and launching tomatoes in all-out attacks against fellow participants. Long distance tomato lobbers, point-blank assassins, and medium range hook shots. Whatever your technique, by the time it's over, you will look (and feel) quite different. Nearly an hour later, tomato-soaked bombers are left to play in a sea of squishy street salsa with little left resembling a tomato to be found. A second cannon shot signals the end of the battle.
    究竟是谁在冥冥之中扔出第一个番茄,挑起了番茄大战?没有人真正知道答案。番茄大战可能起源于反佛朗哥叛乱,也可能源自一场失控的狂欢。流传最为广泛的故事版本是,在1945年的巨人节(巨型纸偶游行)期间,当地人为了吸引眼球而上演“全武行”。当时刚好附近有一个蔬菜摊,于是他们拿起成熟的番茄投掷。无辜的旁观者也卷入其中,最后事态升级为番茄满天飞的大混战。肇事者不得不赔偿番茄摊贩的损失,但这并没有阻止番茄大战的延续--一个新传统由此诞生。

    由于害怕事态发展到不可收拾的局面,政府当局于20世纪50年代先后颁布、放宽恢复一系列禁令。1951年,违反这条法律的当地人被判入狱,之后因为民众的强烈抗议而得以释放。对番茄大战禁令最著名的挑衅发生在1957年,当时,番茄大战的粉丝举行了一次足以乱真的番茄葬礼,并由送葬队伍护棺。在1957年之后,当地政府决定顺应民意实施了几项规则及庆祝这个古怪的传统

    虽然番茄是节日的主角,但番茄大战只是为期一周的庆典活动的压轴戏。该庆典旨在纪念布尼奥尔的守护神圣母玛利亚和圣路易斯•波特朗(St. Louis Bertrand),在节日期间,人们上街游行音乐四起烟花璀璨,整个小镇沉浸在西班牙式的狂欢之中。为了保持充沛体力以参加次日的大战,人们在大战前夕供应超级大锅饭大锅饭是独具特色的巴伦西亚美食,由大米、海鲜、番红花和橄榄油烹制而成。

    今天,人们为这个纵情狂欢的节日制定了一些游戏规则。组织方甚至专门为这个年度盛事培育出不适宜食用的特种番茄。节日在大约早上10点拉开帷幕,参与者爬到涂有油脂的木杆顶端争抢火腿。旁观者一边在街上载歌载舞,一边用水管向爬木杆的人喷水。当教堂敲响正午钟声时,随着装满番茄的货车驶入小镇,人们不绝于耳的“番茄,番茄!”呼喊声迎来了高潮

    然后,一声水炮发出了开战的信号,每个人都各自为战,捏碎番茄向身边的人发起全面攻击。远距离番茄吊射、近距离偷袭及中程勾射,各种战术层出不穷。无论你采用什么战术,当番茄大战结束时,你的模样(和心情)都会变得完全不一样。约一个小时后,全身沾满番茄酱的投手在已经成为番茄沙司海洋的街道上尽情嬉戏,而此时也几乎找不到完整的番茄了。之后水炮再次发射,宣告大战结束。

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