Shrovetide (Zapusty) customs – „Walking with a Goat”
in Kuyawia Region
‘Walking with a Goat’ is a custom connected with Shrovetide (Zapusty), i.e. the time ending the carnival, from Fat Thursday to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The custom celebrated until this day in Kuyavia, consisting in carolling with animal mascarons originated from pre-Christian times. As in case of other similar customs, popular in many regions of Poland, from the Advent to Easter, it links numerous senses: magical, symbolic, ludic and social. As a cultural phenomenon replayed spontaneously each year by village inhabitants, ‘Walking with a Goat’ in Kuyavia is one of the most important elements of immaterial heritage of our Province.