The Battle of the Oranges festival is held in Ivrea, Italy, to mark the people’s rebellion against tyrannical lords who ruled the town in the Middle Ages. Revellers on floats represent guards of the tyrant, while those on foot are the townsfolk. They arm themselves with oranges and battle commences .
If we look to the past, we’d see that this carnival is connected to the Lord of Ivrea’s attempt to take the virginity of the miller’s daughter on the eve of her wedding, sometime in the 12th or 13th century, as the legend goes.
But she made a bold move – a strike of the sword, and set the town free from his oppression. Continue reading