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Bozhidar Zhelev, 8, who is dressed as Kuker, rests inside a car before dancing at a rose-picking and folk dance event organized by the municipality, in a rose field between Sheinovo and Gorno Sahrane, in Bulgaria on May 27, 2018. The traditional ritualistic dance of the Kukeri intends to scare evil spirits and cold weather, and is meant to bring good health, fruitful harvest and happiness to the land. The costumes, which cover most of the body, include decorated wooden masks (often double-sided) of animals and large bells attached to the belt. It is around New Year and before Lent that the Kukeri dance throughout villages to scare away evil with their costumes and the sound of their bells. Photo by: Yana Paskova for National Geographic Traveler

Bozhidar Zhelev, 8, who is dressed as Kuker, rests inside a car before dancing at a rose-picking and folk dance event organized by the municipality, in a rose field between Sheinovo and Gorno Sahrane, in Bulgaria on May 27, 2018. The traditional ritualistic dance of the Kukeri intends to scare evil spirits and cold weather, and is meant to bring good health, fruitful harvest and happiness to the land. The costumes, which cover most of the body, include decorated wooden masks (often double-sided) of animals and large bells attached to the belt. It is around New Year and before Lent that the Kukeri dance throughout villages to scare away evil with their costumes and the sound of their bells.

Photo by: Yana Paskova for National Geographic Traveler