15 Weird Events Where People Throw Things

Throwing things is fun, and there are plenty of events that exist based purely on this philosophy. Here are some of the best of all time.

1. Meringue War. Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain.

This Spanish festival sees 90,000kg of food, mostly sweets, but also pies and even cereal, flung all over the streets – and at everyone in them.

2. Battle of the Wine. Haro, Spain.

Participants throw thousands of litres of wine over each other.

This, admittedly, feels like a bit of a waste of wine.

3. Els Enfarinats. Ibi, Spain.

This is an epic battle of flour and eggs that takes over the town. And even better, it’s for charity!

4. Battle of the Oranges. Ivrea, Italy.

Ivrea Carnival includes a spectacular orange fight. Because spraying citrus juice never hurts.

5. Gulal Throwing Festival. Mathura, India.

This annual festival that takes place around the world involves colourful powder being deposited lavishly over the participants. Everyone in the festival zone is a target, but so long as your camera stays clean, the photos are epic.

6. Rags, Mud, Vinegar and Ants. Galicia, Spain.

This is a thousand year old festival, so it has tradition on its side, but frankly, not a lot else. Also, the ants bite.

7. World Record Water Balloon Fight. University of Kentucky, USA.

Various US colleges have been battling for the record. The latest attempt of the current record holders, University of Kentucky, is above.

8. La Tomatina. Bunol, Spain.

The most well-known food fight in the world, up to 50,000 people cram this tiny town once a year for an hour-long deluge of fruit.

9. La Tomatina. Sutamarchan, Colombia.

Inspired by Bunol, this fight also uses tomatoes, and while smaller, is no less enthusiastic.

10. La Tomatina en Reno. Reno, USA.

And another tomato fight. At this point, it feels as if there’s a nefarious tomato producer behind it.

11. Guts and Organs. Halloween 2013, UK.

This insane one-off took place this Halloween - doing something this different is not for the faint of heart.

12. Wasserslacht. Berlin, Germany.

This battle between the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg in Berlin has an edge. Rotten fruit, salted herring and other distasteful missiles are all commonplace.

13. World Custard Pie Championships. Kent, UK.

Inspired by Charlie Chaplin, this contest has been running since 1967, and eating is not only accepted but encourged.

14. Songkran Water Fight. Thailand

Across Thailand this Buddhist festival focuses on fun, with the streets full of water pistols, buckets of water and huge lumps of foam.

15. Grape Throwing Festival. Pablo Del Duc, Spain.

Again, a celebration of wine, but without wasting the precious alcohol this time.

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