From celebrating water parties to color parties, Pakistan is one of those countries which enjoys to celebrate different festivals created by the human race. In today’s fast-moving world and evolving Pakistan, the governing authorities have decided to host a very famous festival, celebrated in Spain, “La Tomatina”.
Every year on 26th August, the La Tomatina festival is celebrated in Spain where some 40,000 people descend on the small town of Bunol, Valencia (with a population of around 9,000) and enjoy the festival by throwing squashed tomatoes on each other. People in Spain almost squash 150 tons of tomatoes each year.
From year 2020, Pakistan’s government has decided to celebrate this festival in the city of lights Karachi, Pakistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing the Price Control Authority (PCA) announced the surprising news of hosting La Tomatina in Pakistan, much bigger and better than Spain. The Premier further stated that the opposition alliances will receive a special invitation to take part in the pulpy festival.
But is it this festival as harmless and fun as it may sound? According to details, an estimated 36 million tonnes of food is wasted in Pakistan every year. Hosting a festival which requires to waste more food may just be the last thing Pakistan would want especially at a time when tomato prices have sky rocketed to a point where the poor can hardly afford it.
According to reports, Spain will provide tomatoes to Pakistan for the festival, as the tomatoes prices are high in Pakistan. Moreover, Pakistan will provide the final security plan to the Spanish government six months before the festival. Well, La Tomatina is scheduled in Karachi on August 26, 2020, but the venue is yet to be disclosed.
However, hosting an event which adds on food wastage in a country where 70% people are still living under poverty line just to please an ally may not be a good idea.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Bani Israel verses 27:
“Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the Shaytaan; and the Shaytaan is to his Lord, ungrateful.”