Heck Yeah: Video From This Year's Easter Fireworks Battle In Chios, Greece

May 17, 2019

Because church isn't entirely about getting reprimanded for drinking too much blood at communion, this is a video of the annual Rouketopolemos fireworks battle between two rival congregations on the Greek island of Chios. The 50,000+ firework battle takes place the night before Easter every year and, from what I gathered from the video, the object is to try to hit Hogwarts Castle as many times as possible.

Keep going for the, with a bunch of different angles of the battle.

Thanks to LK, who agrees fireworks make every occasion even better.

  • Tigerh8r

    We are clearly doing Easter all wrong...

  • Bling Nye

    Reminds me of my bottle rocket war days, which were no where near the scale, but just as epic.

  • GeneralDisorder

    My friends and I had firecracker fights. We ran out of bottle rockets but still had a lot of firecracker strings. We unstrung about 50 of them and took a handful each along with a lighter. Those little bastards sting when they go off too early.

  • Kaizer Chief

    Powder burns are not fun.

  • Douchy McDouche

    Final Game of Thrones battle scene leaked!

  • @reallyrealDonald

    So Jesus's resurrection came with fire immunity? How have they not burnt their town to the ground? Because where I'm from if you flick a cigarette butt out your car window you'll start a devastating forest fire.

  • Kaizer Chief

    My first thought was that it’s a strange pastime for the only place in the world where real mastic resin is grown and harvested...

  • l'enfant sauvage

    Fires are most destructive in the summertime, where the heat has basically turned every bush and weeding into tinder. Combine that with high winds and a largely unorganized country, which leads to large patches of the forest disappearing each summer in Greece. The last time Chios got severly burned was in 2016, which caused major damage to the mastic trees.
    It's a lot safer during Easter time, there's usually loads of rain which keeps the ground and trees moist which prevents major issues with uncontrolled fires. That still doesn't eliminate the issue with people getting mortally wounded or damage caused to nearby houses from firing all those rockets.

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