VOTD: Church Wars

On the small Greek island of Chios there’s a strange tradition that happens each year over Easter.

Two rival churches have a go at each other, with fireworks. The aim is to hit the opposing Church’s bell tower with their fireworks.

On Easter Sunday evening, as mass is said in both churches, the rival parish “gangs” set to work, lighting fireworks and aiming them haphazardly at each other’s church bells.

Amid the melee, priests in both churches attempt to continue with mass, although the deafening sounds of fireworks and cheers as the rockets hit their targets often drown out the proceedings entirely.

Residents also admit it is not the most safety conscious of ceremonies, with several fires in recent years sparked by rockets and even a few deaths. – source BBC News

These Greeks and their crazy traditions. HOPA! [via DamnCoolPics]