Firework battles in Greece on the island of Chios

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Several Greek islands have their ways of celebrating. Usually, a traditional mass is held on Easter Sunday evening, with everyone going home to a hot bowl of lamb stomach soup. (Magerista)

On the island of Chios however, proceedings aren’t as peaceful. Every year a battle takes place between two churches – a tradition that dates back to 1889.

People carry fireworks to the roof of Saint Mark’s and Panagia Erithiani to set them off in the direction of one another. The winner is the first to hit the opposing church’s bell tower.