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Carnival in Bulgaria

Slovenia's dancers attend the International Festival of the Masquerade Games in Pernik near the capital Sofia, on February 2, 2013. The three-day festival, which started on January 28, has participants sporting multi-colored masks, covered with beads, ribbons and woolen tassels whlie the main dancer, ladened with bells to drive away sickness and evil spirits, sways like a wheat spikelet heavy with grain.DIMITAR DILKOFF, AFPGetty Images