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...

The entrance is not allowed to those who do not wear safety helmet...

Kukerite from Simitli

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Taken on January 18, 2009