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Last Updated: Wednesday February 21 2007 11:37 GMT

In pictures: Flour festival in Greece

Hundreds of people have taken part in a huge flour fight in the village of Galaxidi in Greece.

Hundreds of people have taken part in a huge flour fight in the village of Galaxidi in Greece.

The huge festival is called Clean Monday and it marks the start of 40 days of Lent until Easter.

The huge festival is called Clean Monday and it marks the start of 40 days of Lent until Easter.

This man is really getting into the spirit of the carnival atmosphere by blowing a whistle!

This man is really getting into the spirit of the carnival atmosphere by blowing a whistle!

Around 1,500kg of flour is used in the battle. It gets its bright colours from the food colouring which is added to it!

Around 1,500kg of flour is used in the battle. It gets its bright colours from the food colouring which is added to it!

Clouds of coloured flour fill the sky while those not taking part in the traditional festival watch from a safe distance!

Clouds of coloured flour fill the sky while those not taking part in the traditional festival watch from a safe distance!

Festival-goers take a break - it's thirsty work chucking flour about!

Festival-goers take a break - it's thirsty work chucking flour about!

But cleaning up the sticky mess afterwards is a different matter - officials say it takes weeks to wash the coloured powder off the streets and buildings.

But cleaning up the sticky mess afterwards is a different matter - officials say it takes weeks to wash the coloured powder off the streets and buildings.



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