Absolute flour: Residents pelt each other with colorful granulate for annual event

The people of a small seaside town in Greece declared war on each other using flour. 

Residents of Galaxidi took part in the annual "flour war" on Monday, where revelers pelt each other with bags of dyed flour on the main street near the town’s old harbor.

The colorful explosion that takes place every Clean Monday, an Orthodox Christian holiday marking the beginning of Lent and the end of the carnival season.

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Two revellers are seen amid flare smoke as they celebrate "Ash Monday" by participating in a colourful "flour war", a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, Greece February 19, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
TOPSHOT - Revellers take part in the 'flour war' during the celebration of 'Ash Monday', a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
GALAXIDI, GREECE - FEBRUARY 19 : Revellers throw coloured flour during the 'flour war' within the carnival events in Galaxidi, Greece on February 19, 2018. (Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GALAXIDI, GREECE - FEBRUARY 19 : Revellers throw coloured flour during the 'flour war' within the carnival events in Galaxidi, Greece on February 19, 2018. (Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GALAXIDI, GREECE - FEBRUARY 19 : Revellers take a selfie during the 'flour war' within the carnival events in Galaxidi, Greece on February 19, 2018. (Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GALAXIDI, GREECE - FEBRUARY 19 : Revellers throw coloured flour during the 'flour war' within the carnival events in Galaxidi, Greece on February 19, 2018. (Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A reveller drinks wine as he partcipates in a 'flour war' during 'Ash Monday' celebrations, a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, Greece, on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers partcipate in a 'flour war' during 'Ash Monday' celebrations, a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, Greece, on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers participate in a 'flour war' during 'Ash Monday' celebrations, a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, Greece, on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller throws coloured flour as he celebrates "Ash Monday" by participating in a colourful "flour war", a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, Greece, February 19, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Revellers celebrate "Ash Monday" by participating in a colourful "flour war", a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter,in the port town of Galaxidi, Greece, February 19, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Revellers take a selfie as they celebrate "Ash Monday" by participating in a colourful "flour war", a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, Greece, February 19, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
A reveller celebrates "Ash Monday" by participating in a colourful "flour war", a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, Greece, February 19, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Young revellers celebrate "Ash Monday" by participating in a colourful "flour war", a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, Greece, February 19, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
Revellers celebrate "Ash Monday" by participating in a colourful "flour war", a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, Greece, February 19, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Participants cover themselves in plastic clothing, and don face masks and goggles with the objective of getting as much colorful dye on your opponent as possible. 

Galaxidi, located just 120 miles west of Athens, has about 1,700 inhabitants. Those uninterested in participating in the "war" can watch in special areas. Homes in the town are covered with plastic to keep flour from getting inside. 

The event is believed to have started in 1801 when Galaxidi residents defied the Ottoman rulers occupying Greece by celebrating the forbidden carnival and painting their faces with ash while dancing in the streets.

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