Old Easter tradition on the Greek island of Corfu is a smash

From Reuters - April 7, 2018

CORFU, Greece (Reuters) - Orthodox Easter celebrations on the Greek island of Corfu were a smash on Saturday - literally.

Corfiots mark Holy Saturday with a strange old custom referred to as the botides - where large clay jugs filled with water are thrown from the balconies of homes in the center of town, smashing into pieces onto the streets below as thousands gather around to watch.

Visitors come from across the country and abroad to view the popular event. The sound of the pots crashing is thunderous, and fearless spectators stand quite close to the crash sites, struck by the spray of water and shards of clay, although local organizers said no one has ever been seriously injured during the custom.

I am very happy, because people come from far away, and that is why we do this, they like it very much, they have become hooked on the custom, said Corfu resident Nikos Voskopoulos, who has been an enthusiastic pot-thrower for 20 years.


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