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Romania New Year's Bear Ritual

First Posted: 12/30/10 03:05 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

While people across the globe gear up for New Year's Eve, the people of Romania have a very specific custom for doing so.

In a rural tradition, people wearing brightly colored costumes or animal furs travel to different houses dancing to ward off evil. According to the AP, the tradition is becoming urban as the economic downturn pushes the performers into the city to dance for money.

Check out the festivities in the town of Comanesti, Romania. Is this any crazier than your average New Year's Eve?

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Children wearing bear furs are seen during New Year ritual dances attended by hundreds in Comanesti, northern Romania.
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