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New Year Bears 2020-2021

Crowds of bears dance, growl, roll, die, and then resurrect in the snowy Romanian streets

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On New Year's eve, the snowy streets of Romania see an incredible spectacle: hundreds of people dressed into bear skins dance and growl to the sounds of drummers and panpipes warding off all the evil spirits. A scary babushka goes ahead during the mystic procession carrying a bear cub the entire way. The bears' dancing culminates with their symbolic death and resurrection. Regeneration rites symbolize​ that spring is to come soon.

New Year's Eve bear dance traditional ritual. Brasov, Romania 2020
New Year's Eve bear dance traditional ritual. Brasov, Romania
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The so-called Ursul festivals take place all across the country. However, the tradition stems from the Trotus Valley, namely from Comăneşti, Bacău County. The town is still considered one of the best places to experience the celebration. Comăneşti is roughly 190 mi (300 km) north of Romania's capital Bucharest.

Traditional New Year celebration in Darmanesti, Romania 2020
Traditional New Year celebration in Darmanesti, Romania
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Traditional New Year celebration in Darmanesti, Romania 2020
Traditional New Year celebration in Darmanesti, Romania
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