Photos: Epic mock battle rages in Spain

A man takes part in the mock battle of Enfarinats, celebrating Els Enfarinats on Friday, December 28 in Ibi, Spain. Citizens of Ibi annually celebrate the festival with a mock battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers. During the festival, a group of men called Els Enfarinats take control of the village for one day pronouncing ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe them. An opposing group called La Oposicio battles them and tries 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.

A man takes part in the mock battle of Enfarinats, celebrating Els Enfarinats on Friday, December 28 in Ibi, Spain. Citizens of Ibi annually celebrate the festival with a mock battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers. During the festival, a group of men called Els Enfarinats take control of the village for one day pronouncing ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe them. An opposing group called La Oposicio battles them and tries 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.