‘Rocket War’ returns to sleepy Greek island as thousands of fireworks light up night sky (VIDEO)
Parishioners of the local Greek Orthodox churches of Agios Markos and Panagia Erithiani in the village of Vrontados fire tens of thousands of homemade rockets at each other while attempting to strike the bell of the opposing belltower.
“There is an opportunity for the custom to return to its roots and we need to help everyone,” Deputy Mayor Stratis Gdyssis told local Chios radio, as cited by The Greek Reporter.
The practice has proven controversial, however, with several lawsuits allegedly underway, unsurprising given the intensity of the bombardment.
The festival is a variation on a theme. Traditionally, members of the Greek Orthodox church celebrate Easter Sunday by throwing rockets before midnight mass.
In Vrontados, however, a full blown fireworks battle ensues between the two churches while midnight mass is being celebrated.