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Spanish Festa de Agua making a splash

Nearly 30,000 people will attend the water fightOn August 16th, nearly 30,000 people will descend upon the remote Spanish town of Villagarcia de Arousa on San Roque”s feast day for the town”s annual water festival.

After a religious ceremony for the patron saint in the morning, the fun begins in the afternoon as revellers, armed with buckets, hydrants, hoses and any other water-producing devices, come out to start the action – drenching anyone in sight.

The tradition harks back just a decade or so, to when the Galician town suffered a significant drought.

Some beseeched the local patron saint to come up with a solution.

They decided to offer up some of the precious last drops of water that the town possessed – legend has it that the rains soon came.

Vilagarcia de Arousa is situated on the firth of Arousa in Galicia, 45km south of Santiago de Compostela.

It has a population of 37,000, so while it is fairly remote, it is one of the ten largest towns in Galicia.

Family – Theme Parks – Treat the family to a day at one of the Disney resorts or to a splashing day out at a Spanish waterpark.
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