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Spanish town hosts annual wine throwing battle. See pics

Organizers say the aim is to “cover your neighbour in wine as quickly and completely as you can.”

it-s-viral Updated: Jun 29, 2019 17:56 IST
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Participants throw wine over each other until the 70,000 liters of free wine run out.
Participants throw wine over each other until the 70,000 liters of free wine run out. (Instagram/@book_and_bottle)
         

Getting drenched with red wine might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but it is the idea behind one of Spain’s most popular — and unusual — fiestas. The town of Haro staged the annual Wine Battle in Spain’s Rioja wine-growing region on Saturday.

Organizers say the aim is to “cover your neighbour in wine as quickly and completely as you can.”

After an early morning Mass is held, participants throw wine over each other while music plays until the 70,000 liters (18,500 gallons) of free wine run out.

Among the rules for those taking part: they must wear white, with a red sash; they may use wine-filled water pistols, garden sprayers or buckets; and at no point during the battle can they stop laughing and singing. Thousands of people come away from Haro’s vineyards and woodland soaked from head to toe.

Some people also took to Instagram to share images from the event under the hashtag #harowinefestival2019.

The event is held to celebrate St. Peter and the region’s plentiful wine output. It ends with a big lunch. The festival draws mostly young visitors, from as far away as Australia.

First Published: Jun 29, 2019 17:56 IST

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