Christmas Pančevo cavalrymanBožićni pančevački konjanici

Description

Christmas cavalryman of Pančevo city – In few villages in Vojvodina, but in Pančevo also, to be exact, in a specific part of the city called Gornji grad that is settled in municipality called Banat, there is a 100-year-old custom where people ride their horses out on the streets every 6th of January, the day before Orthodox Christmas. Residents of this settlement, are not using their horses for towing or carriage carrying for decades. They are keeping their purebred beauties out of pure love, and respect for their ancestors, wanting to keep the tradition of Christmas Eve riding alive. Rain, snow, wind… – whatever happens that day, nothing will stop the horsemen from ornamenting and riding their four-legged pets out on the streets. Appearing on the main street, one by one, riding out from their yards, coming from the side streets, riding towards the church, they are welcomed by all of us waiting, old and young, waving and cheering happily, while they are passing by. During the years I could notice more and more female horseriders.

Intention

By their ancestral customs, Christmas Eve is the first day of the new year during which today’s residents of Gornji grad are releasing their horses from the stables. Afterwards, all of the horsemen, and horsewomen are gathering at a certain place, so they can ride the streets of Gornji grad together. On that occasion, one of the horsemen is carrying a badnjak, that big oak branch symbolizes prosperity and happiness to the families and also abundant harvesting year. The badnjak is placed in the backyard of the church, so that after lunch, people can throw their own branch on the big pile for the ceremonial lighting of the badnjak. While gathered around the fire, Orthodox Christians are praying together.

Opis

U nekoliko vojvođanskih sela, ali i u naselju Gornji grad u Pančevu (Banat), ove banatske opstaje stoletni običaj isterivanja i jahanja konja svakog 6. januara, dan uoči Božića. Ovi potomci paorskih porodica sa prostranim avlijama, već decenijama konje ne koriste za vuču niti ih prežu u kočije. Oni čuvaju svoje rasne lepotane iz ljubavi prema njima, iz poštovanja prema precima i iz želje da sačuvaju tradiciju badnjačkog jahanja. Kiša, sneg, severac… – šta god da „udari“ na taj dan, neće sprečiti konjanike da okite i isteraju svoje četvoronožne ljubimce iz štala. Na putu od dvorišta, dok nadiru iz više uličica i jašu ka crkvi, dočekuju ih deca i mi, njihove komšije, da bismo bodrili jahače i radosno mahali konjanicima među kojima sve češće ima i devojaka.

Namera

Po običajima svojih čukundedova, Badnji dan je prvi dan u novoj godini kada žitelji pančevačkog naselja Gornji grad puštaju konje iz štala. Potom se svi konjanici nalaze na jednom mestu i odatle jašu ulicama Gornjeg grada. Tom prilikom, jedan od jahača nosi Badnjak, veliku hrastovu granu koja simbolizuje dobro zdravlje i radost u porodicama i bogat rod na njivama. Badnjak ostavlja u crkvenom dvorištu, gde se nakon ručka, uz prisustvo okupljenog naroda, spaljuje zajedno sa velikim crkvenim badnjakom.

Sponsors

This project has received funding from the Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg and the City of Ulm. This website was funded by BMFSJ.

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