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Spain: Flour fight in Els Enfarinats festival (PHOTOS)
Friday, December 28th, 2012

The Els Enfarinats festival in the Spanish town of Ibi involves a massive food fight with flour, eggs and... firecrackers.

Every year, the residents of Ibi, in eastern Spain, celebrate this winter festival. A group of married men, called the Els Enfarinats, face off against the opposition, called La Oposicio, armed with eggs and flour.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the Els Enfarinats enact ridiculous laws and fine people who infringe upon them. The money collected from the fines is donated to charitable causes in the town by the end of the day.

The festival was revived in 1981, but it dates back 200 years and its origins remain unknown.

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Revelers take part in the battle of 'Enfarinats', a flour fight in celebration of the Els Enfarinats festival on December 28, 2012 in Ibi, Spain. Citizens of Ibi annually celebrate the festival with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers. The battle takes place between two groups, a group of married men called 'Els Enfarinats' who take the control of the village for one day pronouncing a whole set of ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe upon them and a group called 'La Oposicio' who try to restore order. At the end of the day the money collected from the fines is donated to charitable causes in the village. The festival has been celebrated since 1981 after the town of Ibi recovered the tradition but the origins remain unknown.

(David Ramos - AFP/Getty Images)
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Revelers take part in the battle of 'Enfarinats', a flour fight in celebration of the Els Enfarinats festival on December 28, 2012 in Ibi, Spain. Citizens of Ibi annually celebrate the festival with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers. The battle takes place between two groups, a group of married men called 'Els Enfarinats' who take the control of the village for one day pronouncing a whole set of ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe upon them and a group called 'La Oposicio' who try to restore order. At the end of the day the money collected from the fines is donated to charitable causes in the village. The festival has been celebrated since 1981 after the town of Ibi recovered the tradition but the origins remain unknown.

(David Ramos - AFP/Getty Images)
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A military dressed man throws an egg as he takes part in the battle of "Enfarinats", a floor fight in the town of Ibi, in the south-eastern Spain on December 28, 2012. For 200 years, Ibi's citizens have annually celebrated with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers outside the city townhall.

(JAIME REINA - AFP/Getty Images)
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A military dressed man throws flour at a woman's face as they take part in the battle of "Enfarinats", a floor fight in the town of Ibi, in the south-eastern Spain on December 28, 2012. For 200 years, Ibi's citizens have annually celebrated with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers outside the city townhall.

(JAIME REINA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Revelers take part in the battle of 'Enfarinats', a flour fight in celebration of the Els Enfarinats festival on December 28, 2012 in Ibi, Spain. Citizens of Ibi annually celebrate the festival with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers. The battle takes place between two groups, a group of married men called 'Els Enfarinats' who take the control of the village for one day pronouncing a whole set of ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe upon them and a group called 'La Oposicio' who try to restore order. At the end of the day the money collected from the fines is donated to charitable causes in the village. The festival has been celebrated since 1981 after the town of Ibi recovered the tradition but the origins remain unknown.

(David Ramos - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Reveller take part in the battle of 'Enfarinats', a flour fight in celebration of the Els Enfarinats festival on December 28, 2012 in Ibi, Spain. Citizens of Ibi annually celebrate the festival with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers. The battle takes place between two groups, a group of married men called 'Els Enfarinats' who take the control of the village for one day pronouncing a whole set of ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe upon them and a group called 'La Oposicio' who try to restore order. At the end of the day the money collected from the fines is donated to charitable causes in the village. The festival has been celebrated since 1981 after the town of Ibi recovered the tradition but the origins remain unknown.

(David Ramos - AFP/Getty Images)
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Revelers take part in the battle of 'Enfarinats', a flour fight in celebration of the Els Enfarinats festival on December 28, 2012 in Ibi, Spain. Citizens of Ibi annually celebrate the festival with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers. The battle takes place between two groups, a group of married men called 'Els Enfarinats' who take the control of the village for one day pronouncing a whole set of ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe upon them and a group called 'La Oposicio' who try to restore order. At the end of the day the money collected from the fines is donated to charitable causes in the village. The festival has been celebrated since 1981 after the town of Ibi recovered the tradition but the origins remain unknown.

(David Ramos - AFP/Getty Images)
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Revelers take part in the battle of 'Enfarinats', a flour fight in celebration of the Els Enfarinats festival on December 28, 2012 in Ibi, Spain. Citizens of Ibi annually celebrate the festival with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers. The battle takes place between two groups, a group of married men called 'Els Enfarinats' who take the control of the village for one day pronouncing a whole set of ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe upon them and a group called 'La Oposicio' who try to restore order. At the end of the day the money collected from the fines is donated to charitable causes in the village. The festival has been celebrated since 1981 after the town of Ibi recovered the tradition but the origins remain unknown.

(David Ramos - AFP/Getty Images)
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Revelers in fancy dress walk toward the battle of 'Enfarinats', a flour fight in celebration of the Els Enfarinats festival on December 28, 2012 in Ibi, Spain. Citizens of Ibi annually celebrate the festival with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers. The battle takes place between two groups, a group of married men called 'Els Enfarinats' who take the control of the village for one day pronouncing a whole set of ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe upon them and a group called 'La Oposicio' who try to restore order. At the end of the day the money collected from the fines is donated to charitable causes in the village. The festival has been celebrated since 1981 after the town of Ibi recovered the tradition but the origins remain unknown.

(David Ramos - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Reveller takes part in the battle of 'Enfarinats', a flour fight in celebration of the Els Enfarinats festival on December 28, 2012 in Ibi, Spain. Citizens of Ibi annually celebrate the festival with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers. The battle takes place between two groups, a group of married men called 'Els Enfarinats' who take the control of the village for one day pronouncing a whole set of ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe upon them and a group called 'La Oposicio' who try to restore order. At the end of the day the money collected from the fines is donated to charitable causes in the village. The festival has been celebrated since 1981 after the town of Ibi recovered the tradition but the origins remain unknown.

(David Ramos - AFP/Getty Images)
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