The Kukeri

Bulgarian Kuker
Bulgarian Kuker

Full of beauty, gaiety and a healthy love of life, the Bulgarian festivals and customs date hack to ancient times when man tried to appease the natural elements and trembled before their power.

The celebrations of Christmas, New Year's Eve, Palm Sunday and Easter, the ritual mummers - Kukeri and fire-dancers - Nestinari games have turned into a moral prescript and philosophy of fertility, health and prosperity.

The National Mummers Festival held every five years in January in the town of Pernik City.






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