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01/29/2015 09:02 am ET Updated Jan 29, 2015

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

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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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