In the days before online dating, phones, and even the combustion engine, townspeople had to get creative in finding a partner.

And Alozaina, a quaint hilltop town nestled in the Sierra de las Nieves, definitely won first prize in the fun and creativity bets with their solution to the problem: the flour carnival.

This unique and intriguing tradition was devised by the enterprising and love-struck residents of the second half of the 15th century.he century.

It grew in such popularity that other residents from all over Andalusia came to participate.

Singles eager to find their girlfriend might ditch the old traditional methods, you know, do something brave, come up with a good line of conversation, buy flowers, and just throw flour in the face of the pretty girl who took their eye out.

If the young woman in question returned the favor and rubbed flour on her suitor’s cheek, they would begin a courtship. Simple.

A pinch of flour in the name of love takes the idea of ​​a romantic pursuit to a whole new level.

Today, of course, the villagers use more modern dating methods.

But they haven’t lost sight of the long tradition, continuing to celebrate the unique custom with a town-wide flour fight on the last Friday of February, along with an all-night party.

Among all the wild and varied festivals in Spain, from being chased by fighting bulls to tomato-throwing extravaganzas, this one still stands out.

the olive pressThe invitation to witness it firsthand came with little instruction, just that we’d probably ruin our jackets and have flour coming out of our ears for days.

The festivities begin around 9pm, when everyone congregates in a tent with bags of flour hanging from their belt loops and friendly, if somehow menacing, smiles on their faces.

Those who tried to get in without flour were quickly disillusioned of this idea by a teenager who blindfolded and choked them on each cheek.

In fact, flour was raining down from all directions; scrambled through hair, poured onto coat hoods, dumped onto collars, and simply thrown from three feet away. There was no escape.

Woman Covered In Flour.  Credit Walter Finch
Woman covered in flour. Credit: Walter Finch

Although it wasn’t the main focus of the festival, most people wore impressive costumes ranging from cowboy jumpsuits to my personal favorite, a Martian with glow-in-the-dark glasses and silver locks.

On further inspection, this particular character turned out to be none other than the town’s deputy mayor, Maria-Jose.

Everyone had turned up to the party, with small children running around, youngsters bouncing to the beat of the DJ, and adults dusting flour off their feet. beers.

The community spirit was palpable: people greeted each other with handfuls of flour as big smiles spread across each pale face.

As the night wore on, the paths resembled a baker’s board and the soles of the shoes looked as if they had been through a vat of icing sugar.

No wonder most of the bars and shops were closed at night!

Around midnight, the wagon loaded with flour appeared.

He was being led through the crowd by jovial party-goers dressed in traditional garb, inviting those who dared to lie down on 50 kilos of stuff.

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Girls dressed as flies throw flour at each other

This was for the hardcore flour enthusiast, no garment or body part was spared. As the gigantic metal bath headed towards me, I glanced at my colleague: he was entering. This reporter’s leather jacket had already turned gray from his original black, and I could tell he was committed to this now, penny and all. that.

So I did the only thing left to do: I jumped into the tub with my sunglasses shielding the rain of flour.

After being carried for a few moments, I made it out, weighing a few more pounds, as every pocket and crevice was now brimming with flour.

However, after a few minutes of enthusiastic dancing, I managed to get the excess flour out of my hair, face, glasses and jacket, especially on my fellow flour lovers.


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