A shepherd leading a herd of Racka sheep

Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

A sea of corkscrew horns

A herd of Racka sheep, a breed known for its pointy, corkscrew horns, is led across a bridge on April 28 in the Hungarian village of Hortobágy during a traditional celebration of St. George's Day. The holiday marks the annual spring herding of livestock onto the pastures of the Puszta, the largest natural grassland in Europe.


Officially designated as Horotbagy National Park in 1973, the Puszta was granted status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its cultural significance as an intact, natural landscape gradually shaped by pastoral human societies over the past 2,000 years.


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Photo: Sheep parade through Hungarian village
In celebration of the feast of St. George, shepherds herd their livestock to the Puszta grassland for the first time this spring.