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Santorini fireworks festival

- by Dabs Banner

Santorini fireworks festival.

Holiday visitors travelling to Santorini can expect the volcano island to erupt tonight. The island's Ifestia Festival is its annual tribute to the active island volcano with a spectacular display of thousands of fireworks. It will certainly help lighten the atmosphere on Santorini which has suffered a series of blackouts following a recent fire in the island's only power station.

The Ifestia event is fired up every August on Santorini with a fireworks display to represent the eruption of the island's eruption about 3,600 years ago which created the island and its spectacular caldera.

Santorini is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history and is thought responsible for the collapse of the Minoan civilisation on Crete which was hit by a tsunami that came in its wake.

Another popular theory claims the Santorini eruption is the source of the legend of the lost city of Atlantis.

As well as thousands of fireworks launched from the caldera rim and from boats there are many cultural events and concerts taking place during the festival.