Masked dancers celebrate Bulgarian spring festival
It’s loud, it’s colourful and it’s a time honoured way to drive out evil spirits.
This event in Pernik is the biggest of its type in Bulgaria with some 6,000 masked dancers taking part over two days in the Surva Festival.
The object: to scare away evil and to usher in a successful spring. This startling ritual is said to date back to ancient Thrace. Despite its ancient roots the first Surva festival in modern times took place as a cultural event in 1966.