Here in Bulgaria we have a traditional festival that takes place every year in January. We call it Kukerovden (Kuker day). The whole thing is more like a carnival (like the one in Rio, but scarier). Men, and recently women also, dress in hand made costumes witch cover most of the body and they also include decorated wooden masks of animals (sometimes double-faced) and large bells, called chamove attached to a belt. The Kukers walk and dance through the village to scare evil spirits away with the costumes and the sound of the bells, as well as to provide a good harvest, health, and happiness to the village during the year. All the people from the village gather to see that show, and to drink some home made red wine.

Until last year I’ve never went to Kukerovden. It made a very good impression to me and I would recommend you to see it if you pass through Bulgaria in the beginning of the year.


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