Apr 21, 2014

The Greek Rocketwar - "Rouketopolemos"

The folks at Epoca Libre decided to share with us a really awesome event that takes place in the Greek village of Vrontados the eve before Easter. Featuring two rival Orthodox churches built on two hilltops facing each other, the celebration involves the congregations of each respective church firing tens of thousands of rockets at each other in order to hit the bell tower on the other side.

The rockets, comprised of wooden sticks packed with an explosive mixture passed down from generation to generation have been around for 120 years now, and the makers spend an entire year crafting and perfecting their rockets. Seeing thousands of rockets get launched simultaneously like that make for one hell of a visual spectacle

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