Easter Horseback Procession
The horseback processions were common in the Silesia region of Poland centuries ago.
In Ostropa (district of Gliwice) the processions have been held at least since the mid-17th century. On Easter Monday, just after noon, the procession forms in front of the church of the Holy Spirit.
Three young (single – as tradition requires) men at the forefront are carrying the crucifix. Behind them are the rest of the riders carrying symbols of Christ’s Resurrection – the paschal candle, the crucifix girdled with a red
stole and a figure of the Risen Christ. The procession is led across the fields, along the borders of the parish, while the participants pray
for good harvest. A ride across the fields lasts about 4 hours with a small break for a meal. The procession ends in front of the church with a short blessing with the Holy Sacrament.
During the procession, the riders are wearing floral wreaths. Riders who are single wear two wreathes crossed on their chests. Traditionally only men have been taking part in the procession but for the past few years women have also been participating.