Sunday, February 3, 2013

„Surva Festival“ - International Kuker Festival in Pernik, Bulgaria

What do you know about Kukeri?

For those of you who haven't here are some tips :)
Costumed men and women, called Kukeri, are performing traditional Bulgarian ritual which should scare away evil spirits.

            The Kukeri are wearing big and scary wooden masks and large bells attached to the belt. Colorful handmade costumes are covering the body. They are walking and dancing through the village creating a lot of noise to scare the evil spirits away and to provide a good harvest, health, and happiness to the village during the year. 

There is a very big festival which takes pace in the end of January in Perkin (near Sofia) known as Surva Festival. There are Kukeri form all over Bulgaria. The Kuker festival has been healed there since 1966.

It was about time to go there on my own as it’s not so far away form Sofia. So we did and I have to say that we’ve had a very good time.

I’ve even managed to take some picture! :)

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