Bulgaria

A custom recreated by a group of stanichari from Petrich

The Stanchinarska group from Dulboshnitsa neighborhood has existed for over a century now. The group consists of “Araps”, stanchinars, “a priest”, “a devil”, “a grandmother” and “a grandfather”, “a bear handler” and “a bear”, “a sick person carrying a healthy one” and a “pepelazh”.

The faces of the franga wearing persons and of the girls are not covered. The group gathers just before dawn and goes around the houses to bring health and fertility to the people. The first to stand around the set table should be the “Araps”, who chase away the evil spirits by playing their wind instruments.

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