Traditional New Year's dance in Romania

Traditional New Year's dance in Romania

<p>People on the streets of a central Romanian town performed a traditional New Year’s bear dance on Friday.</p> <p>Locals wearing bear furs and folk costumes paraded on the streets of Comanesti, about 300 kilometres north of the Romanian capital, Bucharest.</p> <p>People from all age groups could be seen dancing, playing musical instruments and singing as part of the ritual traditionally performed to mark the end of each year.</p> <p>In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing coloured costumes or animal furs went from house to house in villages, singing and dancing to ward off evil. </p> <p>According to legend, if a bear enters somebody’s house it brings welfare, health and luck.</p>

<p>People on the streets of a central Romanian town performed a traditional New Year’s bear dance on Friday.</p> <p>Locals wearing bear furs and folk costumes paraded on the streets of Comanesti, about 300 kilometres north of the Romanian capital, Bucharest.</p> <p>People from all age groups could be seen dancing, playing musical instruments and singing as part of the ritual traditionally performed to mark the end of each year.</p> <p>In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing coloured costumes or animal furs went from house to house in villages, singing and dancing to ward off evil. </p> <p>According to legend, if a bear enters somebody’s house it brings welfare, health and luck.</p>