Ursul—Romania’s Bear Dance Festival

Christmas traditions and New Year traditions are often intertwined, especially in countries where pagan rituals were absorbed into Christian holidays. In Comanesti, Romania, for example, the weeklong Christmas to New Year celebration isn’t complete without dancing bears.

On the 12th Day of Imported Christmas,* we held our own mini Ursul parade and explored this striking tradition that has captivated photographers and visitors every year.

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