Everyone knows the Spanish like to throw tomatoes at each other—but that's not all. Check out all the weird, wonderful, and downright disgusting things that get thrown around at festivals in Spain.
01 of 08
The most famous throwing festival in Spain. Every year, thousands of people throw tons of squishy vegetables at each other in the name of "tradition." Yeah, right. It's because it's fun!
Where: Tomatina Tomato Fight in Buñol, Valencia
When: End of August
02 of 08
If Lanjaron has plenty of water, in La Rioja there is no shortage of wine. But, if truth be told, some of it is so bad that no-one really wants to drink it. So why not throw it at your neighbor, instead?
Where: La Batalla del Vino de Haro in Haro, La Rioja
When: June 27-30
03 of 08
December 28 in Spain is 'Dia de los Innocentes,' the Spanish equivalent to April Fools' Day. Much of the japes that take place are similar to in other parts of the world, except in Ibi (near Alicante), where the locals mark the occasion with the Els Enfarinats festival, in which they throw flour at each other.
Where: Els Enfarinats Festival, Ibi, Alicante
When: December 28
04 of 08
The citizens of Valencia hit the pretty Falleras with flowers during the July Festival. Well, it's their fault for being so beautiful, right? Lou Reed would have been proud.
When: JulyContinue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
They're a civilized lot in the Alpujarras. When they throw things at each other, it's clean. What's more, it's not as environmentally unfriendly as it sounds—the spa town of Lanjarón (where the fiesta takes place) has water in abundance.
Where: Lanjaron Water and Ham Festival, Lanjaron, Granada
There is a similar event, called the Fiesta de Agua, in Villagarcia de Arousa.
06 of 08
Paint, Oil and Anything Else That Will Stick
If wine and tomatoes don't have the staining capacity that you're looking for, how about paint and oil? The Cascamorras festival, where this barrage of abuse takes place, is all in the name of a statue that one town has and the other one wants.
Where: The Cascamorras Festival, Guadix and Baza
07 of 08
If you thought the above festivals were strange, what about this weird carnival tradition? In the small town of Laza, Galicia, the locals let their hair down before the sobriety of Lent by throwing all manner of strange things at each other—and the strangest of strange projectiles is ants!
Where: Laza, Galicia
08 of 08
Battle of the Dead Rat
Oh dear, can it get any worse? The Battle of the Dead Rat, in the Valencian town of El Puig takes things a little further than most people can stomach. During the fiesta of San Pedro Nolasco, again in the name of tradition, throw rats at each other. Come to think of it, we're not sure what would be better—a dead rat or a live one.
Where: San Pedro Nolasco fiesta, El Puig, Valencia