Photo traditionally young men, although it is not unusual to see grandfathers participating these days—do something else, too. They make “sa-ee-tes” by taking pipes and filling them with gunpowder. They cover one end of the pipes and then meet in a stadium, taking turns spinning in circles and flinging the flaming “sa-ee-tes” away from them. Nearly every year someone winds up in the hospital.
As crazy as this behavior may sound, it actually has an historical reference point. When the Turks imposed their rule on Greece, young men were trained in the use of gunpowder. These trainings took place during Easter time; during this period, trainings could be disguised as celebratory activities.
Forget the Trojan horse. Beware a Kalamata man with fireworks.