The Easter Rocket War

April 21st, 2014

The Easter Rocket War of Vrontados:

Every Easter, in the Greek village of Vrontados, members of rival churches sitting across a small valley stage a "rocket war" by firing thousands of homemade rockets towards each other while services are held. The objective for each side is to strike the bell of the opposing church. The festival, called Rouketopolemos, has been celebrated by the churches of Agios Markos and Panagia Erithiani for at least 125 years, its exact origins a mystery. Gathered here are images of this rocket war from the past few years.

My favourite is the least spectacular of the images, the last one. The one that shows how the village looks the morning after. Let's just say that I hope the village's street cleaners are on triple time over the next few days.1

  1. Also, I'm a tiny bit surprised that the village has survived this festival for 125 years without suffering at least one conflagration big enough to wipe it off the map.

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