Kukerlandia International Masquerade Festival

The masquerade festival Kukerlandia represents a synthesis of centuries-old traditions, customs, sounds, shades of light… It would be difficult to put into words the emotions evoked by the celebration of vernal purifying. Monsters and creatures, accompanied by the pounding of bells attached to their belts, perform rituals to chase away phantoms and evil spirits. This is how with the coming of Spring the spectators of the kukeri take a communion, immersing themselves in the tumult, wealth of colour, and sorcery of fertility rites. Every year between the second and the first Sunday before Lent (Zagovezni) the kukeri in the East of Bulgaria perform their rituals. The Kukerlandia festival is held annually in the town of Yambol during this period. Dozens of kukeri groups take part, and thousands of people assemble to watch. The main organizer of Kukerlandia is the Municipality of the town of Yambol.


Authors of the creative story
Municipality of Yambol

Organiser of the festival
Municipality of Yambol

City of Yambol, Bulgaria

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