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New Year ritual dances

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A girl wearing a bear fur poses for a portrait before performing during a festival of New Year ritual dances attended by hundreds in Comanesti, northern Romania, Wednesday, Dec. 30 2015. In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, toured from house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil, in the present the tradition has moved to Romania’s cities too, where dancers travel to perform the ritual for money.

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