Kukeri Carnival / New Year celebration in Bansko

How Bansko celebrates the first day of the New Year? Parade of costumed men and kids are going through the town for whole day.

This is a tradition that is going on for ages now. All bansko districts are sending groups of costumed man to battle against one another. The over all goal is to chase the evil spirits away.

The carnival start at 11 am on the main square of Bansko. Locals are gathering the cheer their team, so don’t miss it. Pick a side and head for the local fun.

This tradition is ongoing all over Bulgaria and the neighbouring Balkan countries. Here is our comparison to Star Wars. Kukeri actually do look a bit like Chewbacca.

Цветан Бизев
BFT Founder / Bansko's recipes hunter

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