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Czech believers revive Easter rattling procession

Updated : 2019-04-20 13:15:22

Participants in black suits with white masks are marching in the southern Czech city of Ceske Budejovice, beating drums and pushing small carts in a revival of an Easter tradition. In several European countries the church bells fall silent in the evening on Maundy Thursday — according to tradition they fly home to Rome — and don't sound again until Easter Sunday. While the bells are still, believers in several countries, including the Czech Republic and Austria hold noisy processions to call people to prayers. The processions take place through Easter Sunday.

Participants dressed in black, wearing masks, beating drums and pushing small carts that make a synchronized and loud sound take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black, wearing masks, beating drums and pushing small carts that make a synchronized and loud sound take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
A participant carries a mask before taking part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
A participant carries a mask before taking part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
A young boy dressed in black and wearing a mask prepares to take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
A young boy dressed in black and wearing a mask prepares to take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participant adjusts his hat before taking part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participant adjusts his hat before taking part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black, wearing masks, beating drums and pushing small carts that make a synchronized and loud sound take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black, wearing masks, beating drums and pushing small carts that make a synchronized and loud sound take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black, wearing masks, beating drums and pushing small carts that make a synchronized and loud sound take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black, wearing masks, beating drums and pushing small carts that make a synchronized and loud sound take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black, wearing masks, beating drums and pushing small carts that make a synchronized and loud sound take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black, wearing masks, beating drums and pushing small carts that make a synchronized and loud sound take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black, wearing masks, beating drums and pushing small carts that make a synchronized and loud sound take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black, wearing masks, beating drums and pushing small carts that make a synchronized and loud sound take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black and wearing masks take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black and wearing masks take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black, wearing masks, beating drums and pushing small carts that make a synchronized and loud sound take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black, wearing masks, beating drums and pushing small carts that make a synchronized and loud sound take part in an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black and wearing masks push a cart with a cross during an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Participants dressed in black and wearing masks push a cart with a cross during an Easter procession through the streets of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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