Update: German police are investigating possible links to a sect and a suicide pact in the case of five deaths that happened in two towns more than 650 km apart.
About 500 people took part this year in the "Georgi ride", a deeply rooted tradition that sees priests bless the horses, sprinkling holy water on each one of them.
A person is dead and another is missing after an avalanche in Bavaria, southern Germany.
Further avalanche warnings have been issued across the Alps region after a weekend of deadly snow fall
Bavarians went to the polls on Sunday to elect their new state parliament for the next five years and the result saw an overhaul in the southern state.
Bavaria's elections sent a powerful message ahead of Europe-wide votes next year.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies the Christian Social Union seem to be declining. Having governed Bavaria for most of the post-war period, the party looks set to lose its majority in Sunday's vote
Bavarian police have fined 10 families for trying to take their kids on holiday during the school term.
Critics say the new law is unnecessary and will lead to infringements of civil rights
The leader of the nationalist Bavaria Party has filed a case against the detention of the Catalan leader, likening his arrest to an abduction.