Saitopolemos

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Saitopolemos

One of the most widespread customs, which is still maintained with great participation, is the Saitopolemos in Kalamata. Every year, on Easter Sunday night, groups of Scientologists, the bouloukia, are said to gather on the city's west beach. With paper cylindrical shuttles full of gunpowder and oil, made by themselves, the participants wear traditional costumes and revive the custom.
 
Tradition has it that the shuttles were used by the Messinians to counter the Turkish cavalry during the Revolution. In fact, this is not proven by any source and is an invention to give revolutionary prestige to the custom.
Even today, the event attracts the interest of the people of the city, who even if they do not participate, rush to watch the spectacle.