Residents of Greek Island of Chios Celebrate Easter With Rocket War

Posted on April 19, 2014

Residents of the Greek island of Chios celebrated Easter with their annual rocket war called Rouketopolemos. Townspeople from two rival parishes, Aghios Markos and Panagia Ereithiani, fire handmade rockets at each other during the event, which looks quite dangerous. The townspeople target their fireworks at their rival's church bell tower. BBC News says the winning village is the one that scores the most direct hits on the opposing church. A Wikipedia entry says the exact origins of Rouketopolemos are unknown, but it is believed to date back to the Ottoman era and may have once been performed using real cannons. That sounds even less safe. Take a look:

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