The “International Surva Festival”, which has been held in the city of Pernik, west of the capital, Sofia, Bulgaria, since 1966, has been reorganized after a 3-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
At the festival, which is based on the ancient pagan tradition, “cockers” are met who are believed to ward off evil and evil spirits and wear scary masks.
More than 10,000 people flocked to the city to attend the festival.
As part of the festival, where the children had the most fun, the “cockerel” groups, wearing bells on their waists, put on various performances. Various traditions were shown as part of fashion shows put on by participants from 15 countries such as Moldova, Ukraine, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia and Greece.
Theatrical groups humorously described everyday life and other family traditions in noisy performances with music and the sound of bells in front of the audience and the jury.
Children’s groups from different parts of the country also participated in the festival.
Groups of similar demonstrations, held at different times in Bulgaria, gather on Pernik’s biggest feast each year for Surva.
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