Saturday, 27 February 2010

Kukeri In Yambol

It was a rainy Yambol for the Kukeri festival that took place today. This didn't put of the contestants in this unique Bulgarian event. A day of colour, movement, music and to insistent clanging belts of bells that formed a cacophony of sound throughout the city centre. There are 1700 visitor that were forecast to watch the bad spirits of winter being driven away and welcome in spring.
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6 comments:

Bill said...

They look very interesting costumes. I like the way most, if not all, European towns and cities have their individual local festivals they take very seriously.

Hilda said...

What fantastic, feathery costumes! I like the idea of the bells ringing away winter. Thank you for a very interesting post about your customs. I wish I could have been there to watch and listen.

Mike said...

Martyn I have seen a similar costume somewhere in Thailand-NE I think. Very colourful

leif hagen said...

What a wonderful photo of very interesting costumes! Great!

nadia said...

not only unique in bulgaria but unique in Yambol especially - one thing yambol is known for is the kukeri :D:D oh why dont you have any pictures of martenitzi? --- thats unique for bulgaria too--- i hope you're wearing yours!!

Martin said...

Hoi Nadia, hope you are well. I have covered Martinitsi on another blog and yes of course I am wearing them, it was also my name day on the 1st March so it is always a good double celebration each year.

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