Orange Battle — Ivrea, Italy from The World's Most Unusual Food Festivals Slideshow

The World's Most Unusual Food Festivals Slideshow

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Orange Battle — Ivrea, Italy

In the small town of Ivrea in northern Italy, brave souls strap on their helmets and head out to the main square ready for a battle: a battle with oranges, that is. This three-day-long symbolic event takes places just before Ash Wednesday. The battle pays homage to the insurrection against the Holy Roman Empire that took place in 1194. Participants either team up on carts (representing the tyrant guards) or join hundreds on foot as rebellious commoners. Everyone who plays comes away with a significant amount of bruising, but the victory of the common folk is well worth it.