In Italy, an Orange to the Face

Feb 07, 2016 576

by Stefania Bosso

If you're planning to visit the northern Italian town of Ivrea this Sunday, make sure to wear a red hat. It's something of a white flag, a sign that you are a non-combatant. This is key, because unlike the Spaniards of Buñol, these revelers don't throw tomatoes or other soft fruit at each other.

In Ivrea, oranges are the official projectiles of Historical Carnival. Skip the red hat, and there's a good chance you'll be hit in the face by one. Unsurprisingly, injuries are common at the Historical Carnival celebrations.

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