La Tomatina in Bunol, Spain
It all began with some teenagers grabbing tomatoes and various vegetables off street stands and launching them at each other back in 1945. Now it’s a town-wide food fight, prominently featuring tomatoes as the weapon of choice (probably for their epic splattering abilities). The last Wednesday of August each year, people get to pelt each other with over-ripe tomatoes. Then the fire department steps in and hoses everything off.
No, this isn’t just a really cool way of getting through “hump day”- the town chooses to incorporate this cathartic activity as a part of their annual week-long local festival honoring the Virgin Mary and the town’s patron saint, San Luis Bertràn.