It’s a cake mix of flour and eggs for the Ibi fiesta

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It’s a cake mix of flour and eggs for the Ibi fiesta

IBI CELEBRATES one of the weirdest and funniest fiestas of the region on December 28 every year to coincide with the Day of the Innocents; the Spanish equivalent of April Fool’s Day.

It is called the Els Enfarinats which, when roughly translated, means the Fiesta of the Floured One and is essentially a massive flour and egg fight. The tradition of this particular fiesta goes back over 200 years and has been declared as being of Regional Tourist Interest, so is well worth witnessing.  Make sure you’re not wearing your best clothes.

It’s an early 8am start for everyone when the Els Enfarinats, dressed in an hilarious selection of military based uniforms, take control of Ibi. They hold a race to elect their Mayor who then presides over the activities in the Plaça de l’Església (Church Square).

The opposition is called the Casats i Fadrins and once everyone is in place the fighting begins and the church plaza of Ibi becomes a battle field. The weapons are primarily flour and eggs, but also involved are foaming fire extinguishers, fire crackers and rockets.   The two sides continually pelt each other and gradually the whole central plaza becomes a big white cloud of flour. Those involved are not that concerned about who they actually hit, so spectators often become involved in the scuffle.

The main events are listed below:

Thursday December 28:

8am – The Els Enfarinats activities start, the fight begins at 10am and continues through until 12 noon.

5pm – Traditional Dancing along Carrer de les Eres

Saturday December 30:

5pm – Traditional Dancing along Carrer de les Eres

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