Krakow ( Kraków) is located in south Poland on the Wisla River. It is looked upon as one of the third big cities in the country. Krakow which was built in the seventh century is a Middle Aged city that a big part of its buildings are still well preserved.
Krakow, which was invaded by the Tatars on the end of the 13th century, celebrates, yearly, the Lajkonik festival that praised the historic invasion and the victory of the city residents.
Lajkonik is a folklore legend figure who, according to local tradition represents in his appearance and cloths the in invaders. Lajkonik is a Tartaric bearded man that wears typical Mongolian cloths, on his head a pointed hat and he is riding on a hobby horse.
The festival is celebrated on the first Thursday after Corpus Christi. On the holiday, many of Krakow and near by residents disguise as Lajkonik with colorful cloths and hobby horses (some ride on real horses). Integral part of the celebration is a great street parade that last for three hours. It demonstrates the victory of Krakow’s residents on the Tatars. At the end of the parade, in late evening, various culture events are held, in the front of the ancient city hall.
The Middle Age days are reconstructed in every corner of the city.
The colored cloths and the festival’s atmosphere leave the visitor with an unforgettable experience.