15/06/2008

The Chios Rocket War and other such European oddities

Starting with the homemade rocket wars between neighbors to the battle of the bovines, Europe celebrates oddities in the name of tradition.

My favorite however is the Annual Phallus Festival in Greece.

Here is a teaser from SPIEGEL:

Each year on the first Monday of Lent, the people of the tiny Greek
town of Tyrnavos go crazy about penises, singing lewd songs and urging
passersby to kiss their model phallusses. The pagan fertility festival
is one of the most famous parties in Greece.