The lazarice is a spring women’s ritual procession that is part of the rituals associated with the celebration of Lazarus Saturday, a feast preceding Easter. The lazarice ritual includes a set of actions, beginning with the preparations at “Lazarus’s” home, where the ritual starts and ends.
The central part of the ritual is the procession, during which the participants, lazarke, perform ritual songs and dances and receive gifts, while passing through the village and paying visits to every home. It is believed that they bring prosperity, health and happiness to the homes they visit. The procession of lazarke consists of two lazars (15–16 year-old girls, chosen according to their vocal abilities, so as to match the colours of their voices) and two tupkačice (little girls or micke, 6–7 years of age, who “pass three times between the lazars), dressed in white embroidered chemises, adorned with pearls, with three red scarves around the waist and a scarf on the head.
As part of festive customs, rituals and performing arts, the lazarice procession is an element of the practice of Serbian Orthodox communities in Sirinićka župa (the villages of Gotovuša, Berevce, Vrbeštica, Jažince, Sevce, Štrpce, Donja Bitinja, Gornja Bitinja, Viča, Drajkovce, Sušiće).