Saturday, December 3, 2022

For the first time horsewomen in the blood ride

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After the Holy Blood relic was handed over in Weingarten in the state of Baden-Württemberg, some women in tails and top hats rode among the approximately 2,000 riders in almost 100 groups from the region. The organizers could not give an exact number. According to the organizers, the procession tradition with tens of thousands of spectators has been maintained for more than 900 years. According to legend, the relic contains blood from Christ’s crucifixion mixed with earth.

Women have not been allowed to take part in what the city of Weingarten says is the largest equestrian procession in Europe. The responsible parish council had already decided in November 2020 to allow “blood riders”. However, due to the corona pandemic, the procession took place in 2021 with only a few riders – and the association responsible for it had not yet changed its statutes, so that again only men were on horseback.

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