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Spain's 'Floury Sunday' Festival Gets The Town Of Xinzo De Limia Ready For Lent

People enjoy the 'Domingo Fareleiro' (floury Sunday in Galician language) carnival festival in the village of Xinzo de Limia,
People enjoy the 'Domingo Fareleiro' (floury Sunday in Galician language) carnival festival in the village of Xinzo de Limia, northwestern Spain, on January 25, 2015. During this festive battle participants throw flour against each other as a kind of purification ritual. AFP PHOTO/MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

Lent starts early this year -- but these Spaniards are ready.

Hundreds of cheery festival-goers poured into the streets of the Galician town of Xinzo de Limia this week to celebrate Domingo Fareleiro, or 'Floury Sunday,' The Local reports.

The main draw? Getting to pummel your neighbors and friendly tourists with handfuls of flour and bran.

Floury Sunday is meant to be a purification ritual, according to the European Pressphoto Agency. It is part of Entroido, a period of festivities leading up to Lent, which starts on February 18. The town will have masked balls, carnival processions, and parades.

Check out photos of the raucous affair below.

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