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Kukeri (кукери) are elaborately costumed Bulgarian men who perform traditional rituals intended to scare away evil spirits. The costumes cover most of the body and include 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 villages to scare away evil spirits with their costumes and the sound of their bells. They are also believed to provide a good harvest, health, and happiness to the village during the year.

The kukeri traditionally visit peoples' houses at night so that "the sun would not catch them on the road." After parading around the village they usually gather at the village square to dance wildly and amuse the people. Kukeri rituals vary by region but remain largely the same in essence.

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August 1, 2015 07:18:22 PM UTC
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July 30, 2015 02:47:59 PM UTC
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July 25, 2015 08:58:14 PM UTC
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July 21, 2015 10:44:48 AM UTC
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July 18, 2015 02:15:15 PM UTC
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July 18, 2015 10:41:48 AM UTC
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July 18, 2015 09:22:59 AM UTC
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July 17, 2015 01:15:58 PM UTC
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