People in Italy arrange battles of oranges

A group of people walking down a street
Every year, in February or at the beginning of March, the Carnevale d’Ivrea is held involving the traditional battle of oranges. People throw oranges at each other like snowballs. Why oranges you might ask?
According to some historians, this battle is the symbol of a popular uprising against the despotism of lords. But there is a more interesting version about a girl named Violetta who protected herself from the local tyrant ruler who was going to use his right of the first night. Guards tried to arrest Violetta but the citizens saved her by throwing stones at the guards. Today, oranges symbolize those stones.
And though this tradition has its opponents (which is not surprising because 350 tons of oranges are wasted within 3 days of the event), the number of participants of this unusual festival increases year after year.

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