Bear Parade by Bogdan Botofei (11 images)

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Hundreds of people dress up in real bear skins and parade through the street in a bizarre ritual meant to ward off evil spirits. The traditional Roma ceremony, which dates back centuries, sees Romani gypsies take to the streets in the bear suits between Christmas and New Year

The festival even sees young children dressing up in the skin of cubs to join in the parade in Comanesti, Romania. The festival, called Ursul, is replicated across the entire country and originated from an...
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