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Cleanup on aisle 2: Spanish town arms itself with eggs, flour, fireworks for awesome annual food fight

Dec 28, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

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Think you’ve been in a food fight? Well, until a firecracker goes off under your butt and then you get hit by this, then you haven’t.

It happens every Dec. 28 in Ibi, Spain, at the Els Enfarinats festival — where residents use flour, eggs and firecrackers to do battle in the middle of town. There are rules and a backstory, which make it sound a little like Calvinball. From Getty Images:

The battle takes place between two groups, a group of married men called ‘Els Enfarinats’ which take the control of the village for one day, pronouncing ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe them, and a group called ‘La Oposicio’ which 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 200-year-old tradition.