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?Becarac? an old and ribald comic song from Banat has a verse which goes
?Why are you parading your horses, you rake, you?re probably thinking about my wedding procession,?
?Don?t run your stallions, you rake, I still haven?t woven my towels?.
Carts pulled by thoroughbred horses were once the pride of young men of marriageable age in Vojvodina. The horses and their kit, and the carts and hackneys were important at weddings in Banat, Backa and Srem. The head of a household was judged by them.
These days in this part of Serbia, the horses are a symbol of an incurable Pannonian nostalgia and the love of its inhabitants for these four-legged beauties. They are displayed at weddings and village religious festivals. One of these is Ascension Day, celebrated on a Thursday, forty days after Easter. Next to Pentecost, this is the most observed religious holiday in a large number of cities and villages in Serbia. The hackney festival has recently been held on Ascension Day (celebrating the Ascension of Christ into Heaven) in the Banat village of Gaj, as a parade of thoroughbred horses, old hackney carriages and beautiful Banat national costumes.
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