Sorbian Easter Riders Horseback Procession

Sorbian Easter Riders Horseback Procession

In This Photo: Michael Kretschmer
The sorbian Michael Kretschmer checks his dress for the easter rider parade on horseback on April 08, 2012 in Dubring near Bautzen, Germany. Sorbians, a Slavic minority in eastern Germany, celebrate Easter with processions of mounted riders dressed in 19th-century outfits who travel from village to village to sing and announce the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sorbians speak their own language, Sorbian, which is related to Czech and Polish, and maintain a culture rich in traditions, theatre, literature, poetry, education, media and crafts. Since the dissolution of the former East Germany in 1989 Sorbians have seen the unity of their ethnicity eroded as young Sorbians have begun to leave for the big cities and government subsidies to their institutions have been cut. Approximately 1,500 Sorbian men participate in the annual Easter riding.
(April 7, 2012 - Source: Carsten Koall/Getty Images Europe)