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Ancient Kukeri Tradition Performed in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian ritual masquerade games called KUKERI dating in almost ancient Balkan history is still well preserved in Bulgaria and every year it is celebrated for generations. It’s original intend is to scare evil spirits away from local villages and welcome the birth of new life and spring. This tradition is thousands of years old, still alive in Bulgaria, however some other Slavic countries practice similar traditions as well like “Zvončari(Bellringers)” traditionally preformed in Croatian and Slovenia. These are some of the most unique festivals going on in old Europe and western media is still just recognizing and discovering these events even thought they are thousand years old. Story and photos via Elena

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