While the origin of the Chios Rocket War is largely uncertain, one popular theory dates to the Turkish occupation of the island. The myth explains the Greeks were banned from celebrating Easter Sunday. In resistance, they faked a civil war with harmless rockets to divert the Turks and prayed in secret.
Currently, Rouketopolemos (or “the rocket war”) takes place between two rival churches: St. Mark’s and Panaghia Ereithiani. This once-a -ear feud features hundreds of fireworks, handmade from gunpowder and household materials, shot from the roofs and high hills surrounding each house of worship. Their objective is to hit the other church bell about 1,000 feet away, as many times as possible before the night is through. Meanwhile, in each building, churchgoers take part in a serious Easter mass.
The next morning, the two sides report their total number of church bell hits; however, each side inevitably (and lightheartedly) claims to have struck the other bell more times. At this point, rivaling factions decide to settle the argument the following year, keeping the tradition alive. For visitors of the area, the Chios Rocket War is one of the most sought-after experiences.
Thinking about an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with lively cities, an extravaganza of festivals and the BEST Halloween celebrations around, the island of Ireland is calling! And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, these might just seal the deal …
If you plan to visit Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this holiday season, be sure to soak up the festive fun by attending one (or more!) of these events and experiences.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa unveiled its extravagant holiday display in November, just one of the resort’s many holiday offerings this season. Visitors through Jan. 2 can enjoy more than 150,000 LED lights illuminating the holiday décor, as well as a 72-inch wreath at the top of the main entrance doors, 30-foot columns covered in garland and lights, and two 18-foot holiday trees. In fact, 25 holiday trees shine throughout Borgata, with the largest in the Living Room, standing 20 feet tall and covered in white and silver with a touch of magenta.
Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.
Spending some time in Sonoma’s wine country this December? Make sure to add these four events and experiences to your itinerary.