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Rouketopolemos - Chios Island, Greece

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Category: festival
Where: Vrontados, Greece
When: 18 Mar - 30 Apr 2015
Website: http://chios.com

Two historically competitive churches send over 60 000 (sixty thousands) of rocket-fireworks to eachother. The event starts at about 6 p.m. after darkfall and it looks spectacular.

The origin of this event is unclear, but local tradition holds that it goes back to the Ottoman era. According to local lore it was earlier performed with real cannons, until Ottoman authorities prohibited their use in 1889.

It takes place anually in Easter time.

Please, be extra careful to choose the place to stay during this event.

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