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Surva Festival - where fantastical creatures ward off evil spirits

5 February 2013

Wearing fearsome masks and imposing costumes these fantastical creatures sure do make a terrifying sight. These costumed men are taking part in the ancient ritual of Kukeri at the Surva International Festival of Masquerade Games in the village of Pernik, Bulgaria. Terrifyingly the men - known as Kukeri - enter houses in the village, clanging their bells to ward off evil spirits. Held at the beginning of February, the tradition has its roots in pre-Roman Bulgaria.

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