Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Firework Battle

Since it is Easter I thought of a weird tradition that people in the island of Chios in the Aegean have. The firework battle between two communities, the community of St. Mark and the community of Virgin Mary Etithiani has been attracting visitors for 200 years. This began due to some hostilities that existed between the two neighbourhoods but has become a spectacular show for locals and visitors.  
This battle commences after the priests have chanted the Christos Anesti (Christ is Risen). After this occasion normally everyone wishes each other with the Pascal greeting and then go to eat. But Chios has retained this magnificent and somewhat dangerous tradition!




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