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"Kalymnian Easter, a noisy,..." Greece Things to Do Tip by KALYMNOS

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Kalymnian Easter, a noisy, heart-warming custom!

The two mountains on either side of the valley in which Pothia, our capital is located, are the dynamite thrown from the cliff tops on Easter night! It’s more impressive slight than fireworks, especially when you can feel the generous pressure on your chest! The average “mountain model” dynamite is 3-5 kilos of TNT, sometimes enriched with fertilizer, or wrapped with explosive cord (“instant fuse”) to amplify the effect! And they do it for kicks! Another impressive aspect of this, is the fact that they acquire the stuff from W. W. I I torpedos or sea-mines, or stuff like that, of which there are still many in our waters !
You must have stell balls to be up there in the wind, holding a good 3kg of TNT, lighting it up and throwing it down the cliff! Not to mention the fact that after a while your hand gets tired and the throwing distancegets smaller and smaller…! There are weirder sports than this though…! People have DIED like this you know…

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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