On 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.