The Easter Rocket War of Vrontados

Celebrating Easter with fireworks was loved by Greek people, but the townsfolk of Vrontados on the Greek island of Chios were not doing satisfaction with simple fireworks. Based on this day, the midnight before Easter Sunday, many supporters of two rival church congregations from Angios Marcos and Panaghia Ereithiani met near their respective churches situated in two different hilltops around 400 meters away.
Next, they fired tens of thousands of homemade rockets across the valley toward each other. That is, it was an objective to hit the bell tower of the church of the other side. Lastly, direct hits on each belfry were counted and perished with the most hits being been determined the winner.
This was local traditional event which had been known as Rouketopolemos. It was called as literally Rocket War, being gone back at least to the Ottoman era. The wars were originally fought with real cannon till the Ottoman Empire banned in 1889. In following time, the wooden rockets loaded with an explosive mixture having gunpowder were used.

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