Delhi: La Tomatina comes to the country for the first time and it is the Delhiites who will be participating in the fun this Saturday.

So put on your whites; bring those pichkaris out once again. After being smitten by Rafa, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz and being mesmerised by the scenic beauty of Spain in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, it's time to say hello to yet another import from the country.

The capital is hosting the famous tomato festival, La Tomatina that is coming all the way from Spain where it all started. Call it a tomato fight, the funeral of the tomato or 'tomato Holi', the fun part remains intact. So give the Katrinas, Farhans and Hrithiks in you a wake-up call.

So what is it all about? La Tomatina is basically a tomato fight in which people squeeze tomatoes and throw them at each other playfully. And with Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, it has an immediate connect as well.

Sankalp Kathuria, the organiser of the event, says, "If we can celebrate Christmas so joyously, then why not La Tomatina? We just need to think contemporary because if Spain can, why can't we? We are trying to bring Spain to Delhi.

We have arranged the tomato fight along with a rain dance to make it hip." So there will be special pools with seating inside them so that people can park themselves in the pool and sip their drinks.

Asked why the Capital was chosen for the fun fest, Kathuria says, "After watching Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, the whole idea of this fest fascinated me. And being a Delhiite myself, how could I not let my city relish this chance?"

Many of us would rather not waste an expensive thing like tomato for such pleasures. But why let price be a bummer? "Water shortage does not deter us from playing Holi. Why can't we play with tomatoes?" asks Kathuria.

With Delhi being tagged as the rape Capital of India, the idea of a tomato fest may sound risky to women who might want to participate. To ensure safety, a set of rules has been put in place. For example, tomatoes need to be squashed before throwing. Ripping off clothes is prohibited. To ensure these are being followed, 50 bouncers have been hired. Beachwear would be the dress code. Chinese and Italian cuisine will be on the menu and the participants will have access to unlimited snacks and drinks as they sway to the tunes of DJ duo Manu and Raney.

So juice up your weekend and shed your workload as you dive in the splash. Yeh chance na milega dobara.

Did you know?

-    La Tomatina in Spain is the largest food fight in the world.
-    Approximately 40,000 people turn up for this event annually.
-    Cannon is fired to signal the beginning and end of the tomato throwing.
-    The fight usually turns into a battle of sexes with men and women separating into warring factions.
-    It is usually held on the last Wednesday of August in Spain.
-    China has adopted this fest and it is held on October 19 in the town of Dongguan during which upto 15 tons of tomatoes are used.
-    Costa Rican town of San Jos © de Trojas celebrates a tomatine during the local Tomato Fair in February.
-    The Colombian town of Sutamarch n has been holding this event since 2004 on June 15 when a surplus of tomatoes is harvested.

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(Courtesy: Mid-day.com)