Share
twitterlinkedinfacebook
Image 1 of 1
WKR00160POL.jpg
Two participants dance in the street. The "Decapitation of Death" takes place in the small town of Jedlinsk, in central Poland, every year on the Tuesday before Lent (Shrove Tuesday). Its exact origins are unclear, but it is believed to have begun in the 16th Century, and was first written by the local rector in 1839. The whole town gets involved in the theatrical pageant, and the words uttered by the main players, the Bride, Angel, Jew, Hangman, Devil and Bartholomew the Policeman, are well known among locals. It is believed that on this day Death gets drunk and loses its scythe, offering the perfect opportunity for him to be arrested and executed. After calls from the crowd, Death is sentenced to death, and a grand feast, marking the beginning of Lent, can begin.