The rocket war of Chios has been taking place on the Greek island for more than 200 hundred years. One of the most beautiful Easter spectacles in Greece is also a dangerous one, and many locals are opposed to the “war” between the two churches in the village of Vrodados. This year the local authorities have also threatened to arrest those who will try to revive the custom. The organizers on the other hand say they ‘ll continue as the custom is embedded in Chios’ culture.
“There is an opportunity for the custom to return to its roots and we need to help everyone,” the Mayor said, focusing on the wounds that have been created in the local community of Vrodados due to this rivalry. Mr. Gdyssis concluded with certainty, that the rocket custom will carry on this year, stressing that an effort must be made to keep it safe.
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