The Surova folk feast, held in villages of the Pernik region, takes place on 13 and 14 January to celebrate the New Year. At night, a masquerade group called the Survakari performs in the centre, featuring characters like the newly-weds, the priest and the bear who visit homes the next day to ‘marry' young couples and ‘maul' people for good health. A meal is offered and donations collected for the needy. All ages participate, particularly young people, building their self-esteem.
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