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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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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.

 

A few minutes later, a group of Greek people joined us and one of them asked us if we were supporting the North or the South side. He told us that we had to support one team, that it was the tradition, no one can stay neutral. He and his friends were supporting the South side (the groups who were shooting at the Agios Markos church), so we decided to do the same, at least for a few minutes. We wondered why he wasn't down, with the people who were shooting rockets.  He told us that it demanded too much time, energy and money.

For instance his cousin had been preparing this event from early November on and that he spent all his savings buying the materials. He also told us that it was the first time he saw so many people at the Rocket War. He was born in Chios and now works in Athens but he comes back every year to attend the Rocket War. A few years ago, only people from Chios were there but now they come from all over Greece as well as from foreign countries.

Indeed, the Rocket War tradition is an interesting one and attracts all kinds of curious people who want to understand the deeper meaning of it. Then I asked him if the churches were re-built every year, and if the householders surrounding the churches were not too angry. He said that, on the contrary, they were proud of it and that they didn't want this tradition to end. If ever their house is damaged, they are given some money from the church. Until a few weeks after Easter, people give donations to both churches and this money is used to rebuild the houses. The inhabitants are very attached to their Rocket War.

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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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