February festivals: Italy’s ‘Battle of the Oranges’

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By Karen Hart

Teach your children about an Italian orange-throwing festival and conduct a simple science experiment.

Battle of oranges

Image from Alessioans/Wikimedia Commons

Very similar to Valencia’s famous La Tomatina festival, this popular three-day event is all about pelting each other with fruit. Here, nine teams, known as ‘revolutionaries’, pound each other with 400,000kg of oranges, with 3500 people in total taking part.

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