Surva Festival in Pernik

by Ellie Kaleva January. 30, 2017 1382 views

The Surva Festival in Pernik is usually held in the second half of January. It features "Kukeri "  - masked men with cowbells hanging from their belts, all moving in a special rhythmic step to scare away the evil spirits with their masks and the noise of their bells and drums. The costumes are made from furs,  feathers or colorful rags. On the first day of new year they walk around the village wishing everyone health and prosperity and the people give them presents of food and wine. 

The Kuker Dance

The traditional ring-dance Horo

The youngest performer

Traditionally Kukeri are male, usually single men and boys, but nowadays the ladies are joining the festivities

Buy your own toy "Kuker"

A beautyful pottery seller, dressed for the occasion

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Ram Ya 4 years, 3 months ago

Beautiful festival. Thank you for sharing these scenes with us!

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Ellie Kaleva Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 3 months ago

Thank you. It was really great to be there and a pleasure to share.

4 years, 3 months ago Edited