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In pictures > Flour festival in Greece February 21, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece Mainland, Greek Culture.

In pictures > Flour festival in Greece

Hundreds of people have taken part in a huge flour fight in the village of Galaxidi in Greece. The huge festival takes place annualy on Clean Monday, which this year was on 19 February, during the Carnival celebrations, and it marks the start of 40 days of Lent until Easter. 

Around 1,500kg of flour is used in the battle. It gets its bright colours from the food colouring which is added to it! Clouds of coloured flour fill the sky while those not taking part in the traditional festival watch from a safe distance! But cleaning up the sticky mess afterwards is a different matter, officials say it takes weeks to wash the coloured powder off the streets and buildings.

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