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Velkommen til RocketWar.com. På denne siden skaffer du deg informasjon om Rakettkrigen som foregår hvert år på Chios øy i Hellas.

Nettsiden ble laget for å dokumentere rakettkrigen. I denne hendelsen finnes det 60,000 rakketer som blir avfyrt av to rivaliserende grupper fra to kirker: Agios Markos og Panagia Erithiani.

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Hvor foregår det?

Rakettkrigen foregår mellom to kirker: Agios Markos og Panagia Erithiani, i Vrontados.

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Rocket War From The Eyes of Europe

Residents admit that it is not the most safety conscious ceremony, but every Easter Sunday on the small Greek island of Chios a fireworks war breaks out between two rival parishes. In a bizarre but long-cherished local tradition, two Orthodox churches in the town of Vrodandos fire rockets at each other's churches - while services are held inside them.

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A Belgian Volunteer Describes The Event

Vrontados, a small town on a calm Aegean Sea. However this town has a peculiar habit. Every year on the evening before Easter the night sky gets lid up by thousands of flashes. This is the Rocket War. In Vrontados there are 2 churches, Agios Markos and Panagia Erithiani. In a very folkloristic manner rockets are being fired at those churches by the two competing communities of the village.

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South Side or North Side?

During the Rocket War, we went up the hill inside a half-built house. From there we had a tremendous view on the valley: we could see both churches and almost all the spots from where they launched the rockets:

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The Rocket War Seen by Aurélie

The goal of this war is for the teams to hit the opponent´s church, the bulls eye being Saint Markos bell's and Virgin Mary Erithianis´ clock. The first being the North and the latter one the South side. Every person present must choose a side and support one of the shooting teams.

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Klargjøring av raketter

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Raketter er håndlaget, fordi det er tradisjon i Vrontados

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Rakettkrigen om dagen

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Folk abeider om dagen

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... og om natta

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Overblikk over sperreild.

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Etter rakettkrigen

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Alt må ryddes opp etter den hendingen

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