This Is How Romanian Horses Celebrate Easter


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This Is How Romanian Horses Celebrate Easter

In the Romanian town of Targoviste, the horses have their manes decorated, get blessed by a priest, and parade through the streets pulling carts.

This article originally appeared on VICE Romania

'When Horses Celebrate Easter' is a yearly celebration taking place on the first week of Lent, in the Romanian town of Targoviste. The custom is mostly observed by the town's small, but fiery, Bulgarian community as a means of remembering their nomadic, horse-riding roots. On the day, the horses are pulled out of their stables, their long manes get combed and decorated with colourful bows, and then they are paraded through the town square to the local Bulgarian church, where they are blessed by a priest. Along the way, many of the horses pull carts, on which any local or tourist can hop to experience a mini traffic jam, à la horse.


The horses are then brought back to the Bulgarian neighbourhood, where they are made to do all sorts of tricks – like pull two wooden carts at once or do some complicated hops. The weirdest part is that most Romanians don't even know about this festival, but we all use the expression "When horses celebrate Easter" as a way of saying "Never".

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