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Chios... Battle of the rockets

(non-enlish commentary) On the Greek island of Chios, however, the locals have devised a way to liven things up a bit. Two opposing parishes in the town of Vrodados spend the evening just before Orthodox Easter Sunday firing thousands of homemade rockets at each other's church -- while the more pious among them attend mass inside.

The result looks a lot like warfare. Tens of thousands of missiles -- some estimates go as high as 80,000 -- fly back and forth through the night sky, leaving streaks not unlike tracer bullets. The projectiles are prepared throughout the year by so-called "gangs" from the two parishes, Saint Mark and Panagia Erithiani. Even though making such rockets is illegal, the authorities mostly turn a blind eye to the fireworks tradition.

There are some in the town, however, who wish they wouldn't. Injuries during the unorthodox Easter battle are not uncommon and s

Added: Mar-8-2009 Occurred On: Mar-8-2009
By: Necrosis
Tags: Chios, rockets, battle, tradition
Location: Vrontados, Khios, Greece (load item map)
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