PEOPLE AS BELLS - KUKERI / traditional Bulgarian ritual on Behance
"Peperuda", "Dodola", "Wai-Dudu", "Voydanka" and "Rosomanka" are all names for the most widespread folklore rain invoking ritual in the Bulgarian lands. It is performed by children and young women whose actions are controlled by older women, usually widows.
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Нестинари - Nestinari basically are people, who dance bare-foot on fire. This old tradition exists in Bulgaria only and it's mixture of Eastern Orthodox and older pagan believes. Usually the dance on smouldering embers is performed on St. Constantine and Helen's day. Until today, no one can explain why those people can dance on fire without burning their feet. Usually the Nestinar tradition runs in the family.
In the Bulgarian folk calendar, February 10 is called Haralanbei. According to folk beliefs St. Haralambos, considered the patron saint of beekeepers, is the master of diseases, mainly the plague. People on this day bring a jar of honey to be consecrated in the local church for health and abundant honey harvest throughout the year. It is believed that after the consecration, the honey acquires healing powers, so it is kept for special occasions during the year.
Welcoming guests with traditional home-made bread and spice-salt