Highland parade

Last Sunday of 25th of February we went to Zakopane to see Kumoterki during Gazda Parade. It is an event that takes place every year in the mountains, every weekend in a different commune. It was beautiful, sunny though frosty day. Mulled wine helped to survive minus 14 degrees :). On the spot you could also have a cup of tea and eat something warm. The event began with a sled run judged by the jury in several categories. The following was assessed: race and laying of horses, harness, sledging and driving. Beautiful horses of various colors, wonderful highland costumes, and hand-painted or carved sleighs. There was something to look at and listen to because the highlanders also sang 🙂

The next point of the event was a time trial in competitions: kumoterki, skiring or skier riding behind a horse without a rider and ski – skiring (a skier behind a horse with a rider).

Kumoterki – this is a race in a two-person sledge in Podhale by a highlander couple. While the kumoter is driving, his highlander called ‘baba’ must balance the sledge so that together they do not make accidents from the sleigh. Kumorek’s races were entered on the national UNESCO list. The first post is production and playing on goat, or bagpipes.

Skiring- is the general name for sports from Scandinavia and they consist in riding a skier pulled behind a horse. Skiskiring is a skier behind a horse with a rider.

Below photo report of Kumoterki in Zakopane 🙂

 

 

If you are interested in history of skiing you will find more information here.

Chochołowska Valley

We decided to take a walk to Chochołow – a village located in the Black River valley, about 19 km from Zakopane. The center of the village is almost entirely built of mountain houses. Buildings fronts are facing the main road, but close enough next to the other. Neighbors can certainly look at the each other windows 🙂 Most of the houses were built at the end of the XIX century, however, they look new due to the local custom of washing with water and soap. Cleaning takes place twice a year; Easter and Corpus Christi. Since they cleaning only ground floor , in the two-storey buildings we can notice the difference in color between the floors. One of the houses deserves special attention -house 24, which was supposedly built from one fir tree. The village is under UNESCO patronage.

Then we went to Chocholowska Valley – very popular in the spring, when the fields are covered with thousands of beautiful crocuses. It is the largest valley in the Polish Tatras. It was here that the stage with a sleigh ride to the movie Deluge and one of Janosik’s episodes was shot. On the way you will find some lovely huts. The walk takes about 2 hours in one direction. In the Valley there are several old huts and a wooden chapel on the site. The hostel is located at the exit of the valley.
Remember that the mountains are much colder , snow is in many places. Good shoes are very important 🙂 Do not forget to dress warmly and take the sandwiches to the road.

First snow in Tatra Mountains

Who would have thought that whole Zakopane within few hours would be fill up with the snow. Surely no one was prepared for such madness! Take a sled or ski and visit us 🙂
 

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