Peo­ple join in the tra­di­tional bat­tle of flour,

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mark­ing the be­gin­ning of Car­ni­val cel­e­bra­tions in Xinzo de Limia, Spain. As a sym­bolic pu­rifi­ca­tion rit­ual, the event in­volves throw­ing flour and bran at other par­tic­i­pants, and many peo­ple wear cos­tumes and gog­gles. The fes­tive flour hangs heavy in the air and on the streets.

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