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Surva Festival in the Pernik region, Bulgaria’s oldest masquerade event, returned this week after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The performers, known as Kukeri, danced to drive away evil spirits and celebrate the symbolic end of winter.

A colorful parade also ushered in the Chinese Lunar New Year in Paris, celebrating the Year of the Rabbit and the return of public festivities to the French capital.

In Spain, groups of men and women disguised as cows and farmers ran through the streets of Colmenar Viejo, for the Vaquilla festival, on the occasion of the winter migration of cattle.

Thousands of people gathered in the city of Lerwick on the Scottish island of Shetland to celebrate the Up Helly Aa fire festival, with women taking part in teams for the first time.

Thousands of Cuban government supporters also carried torches, this time through the streets of Havana, to honor Cuba’s national hero Jose Marti on the 170th anniversary of his birthday. Marti is revered as the symbol of the socialist revolution, led by Fidel Castro seven decades ago.

And in a Nantes tram, curious travelers discover the French pianists Hervé Billaut and Guillaume Coppola playing pieces from their repertoire for four hands, trying to keep their balance despite the movements of the train.

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