The World's Top 5 Most Intense Food Fight Traditions

If you've ever wanted to take part in a government-sanctioned food fight with other adults, here's your chance.

Sometimes you just have to let the tomatoes fly.

In a world where food is expected to stay on our plates, throwing food at other humans is a radical act of defiance. Food fights are absurd, joyful, exuberant disruptions of normal life—and in some places around the world, they're annual events. Our sympathies lie with whoever has to clean this up, but the pictures sure are dazzling.

3. Setsubun (Japan)

Setsubun is celebrated all over Japan, and marks the beginning of spring. During this festival, which is meant to wash away evil from the previous year and drive away spirits of disease from the year to come, roasted soybeans are thrown out the door or in the streets.

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