No Losers In This War

In 1981 the Spanish town of Ibi revived the 200 year-old tradition of the Els Enfarinats Festival. On December 28th each year a mock war takes place around the town hall. A group of local married men, called “els Enfarinats,” pelt each other with eggs, flour, fireworks, fire extinguishers, and more, in a mock coup to take over Ibi. The purpose of the insurrection is to impose and attempt to enforce silly new laws. Another group of men known as “la Oposicio” try to restore order and put down the uprising. At the end of the festivities, any money collected in fines for violating the new laws is donated to charity.

photos: David Ramos


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