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Romania's new year bear dancers – Alecsandra Raluca Drăgoi's best photograph

Photo by: The Guardian

‘Boys and men put on heavy bear costumes, often made of real fur, and make their way to a stage – where a Gypsy with a knife cuts them open to let a demon out’ The Bucovina and Moldova regions in the north-east of Romania are rich in traditions and ancient customs. Lots of towns and villages host winter festivals and parades; one of the biggest is the Festivalul de Datini și Obiceiuri Strămoșești (the...

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