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Dervish banish evil in Varvara village

The "Dervish" in Varvara
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Kukeri banish the forces of evil in Varvara village near Pazardzhik on the first day of January. The Dervish, as the locals call them, start on their way from home to home at midnight. In the end they all come together in the centre of the village where they dance a spectacular Dervish horo dance.

More than 100 kukeri from all over Pazardzhik region got together in the village today to banish evil and open the way for a new beginning. It is one of the most popular festivals in Varvara and continues throughout the day. The tradition has been passed down from generation to generation for more than 300 years, BNR’s correspondent Nevena Petrova reports. 

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