16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Every winter, between Christmas and New Year, in the north-eastern regions of Romania, the annual Dance of the Bears takes place, a ritual that symbolizes the death and rebirth of time. Men and women of all ages dress with bear skins and dance to the rhythm of flutes and percussion to drive away evil spirits and welcome the new year.
© Mauro De Bettio.
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||Nov. 26, 2018, 5:07 p.m.
||Canon EOS 5D Mark III