Greeks celebrate pillow fight day with anti-war message

Athens, April 3 (IANS) Hundreds of Greek citizens “armed” with pillows participated in a fun street fight in the centre of Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, celebrating the International Pillow Fight Day and sending an anti-war message.

In the second annual edition of the flash mob event held in Greece, children and adults played “clashing” on central squares in order to release stress and spread the joy.

The main goal of the organisers of the pillow fight in Greece, as well as their “fellow” fighters abroad, is to offer people a chance to decompress and have fun, Xinhua reported.

“We are all hiding a kid inside. It is time we let it free to play and let go for a few minutes all the problems on its mind,” Elina Andreadou, a member of the Greek organising committee explained.

With about 50,000 migrants from war-torn countries stranded in tragic conditions in Greece over the past two months, Greek pillow fighters added one more goal for the event this year: call for an end to wars.

“Our message is clear: The only war we accept is pillow fight… We strongly believe that our world would be a better place if only we could hold pillow fights more often, let’s say once a week,” Andreadou said.

The International Pillow Fight Day is celebrated over the past decade annually on April 4 with pillow fights in over 100 cities around the world.

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