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Residents of Romania celebrate New Year in costumes of bears


This folk tradition has a pagan origin and until recently it was observed only in remote villages. However, recently the ritual has gained popularity in the cities of Romania, where not only professional performers of folk dances, but also local residents often take part in it.

During the festival, the bears, dressed up by bears, walk from house to house, driving away such an evil and welcoming the coming of the new year. The symbolism of the event is related to the sacred character of the bear's image, which was considered a totemic animal in the pre-Christian tradition.