Mock Battle in Spain

This is from the i paper, 29 December:

Revellers dressed in mock military garb take part in the Enfarinats battle in the south eastern Spanish town of Ibi yesterday. During this 200-year-old festival participants, known as Els Enfarinats (those covered in flour) dress in military clothes and stage a mock coup d’etat using flour, eggs and firecrackers outside the town hall as part of the celebrations of the Day of the Innocents.

I am fascinated by this. They are celebrating the anniversary of King Herod’s orders to slaughter new-borns preceding the birth of Christ.

How on earth did this become a mock battle, especially in a Catholic Country? 

And what is it about the Spanish and food fights?

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