Кукери (kukeri) 2009
Kukeri is a traditional Bulgarian ritual to scare away evil spirits,
with a costumed man performing the ritual. The costumes cover most of
the body and includes decorated wooden masks of animals (sometimes
double-faced) and large bells attached to the belt. Around New Year
and before Lent, the kukeri 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.
In the photo: Group seen in Simitli...
Kukerite from Simitli