Ivrea, Feb 28: Spain's La Tomatina festival has a new competitor in Italy's Battle of Oranges. Held in the city of Ivrea, Battle Of Oranges dates back to 150 years with a tradition attacking to the monarchs. The town's yearly carnival recreates a monarch setting where people hurl oranges at each other.
People are seen throwing oranges at participants dressed as guards, completely protected with helmets and masks. The carnival is a recreation of revolt against a king.
Here are some images from the carnival:
Italy's Battle of Oranges held in Ivrea
Hundreds gathered in Ivrea to participate in the Battle of Oranges held on Feb 26. Photo courtesy: @edrormba
Oranges chucked at man dressed as soldiers
Battle of Oranges dates back to 1858 where people had revolted against a King. Photo courtesy: @lukas_corso
Battle of Oranges held annually in Ivrea
Elders, youngsters and people from all ages participate in the carnival. Photo courtesy- @lukas_corso
Italy's own La Tomatina festival
Battle of Oranges is often compared to Spains's La Tomatina festival where people are seen throwing tomatoes at each other. Photo courtesy: @lukas_corso
Revellers throng Battle of Oranges
Stacks of oranges provide protection to those who throw oranges at the guards. Photo Courtesy: @lukas_corso