Public holidays in Finland

Warding off the bad spirits

Participants pose for a photo during the annual bell-bearing tradition in the village of Kali Vrisi in the region of Drama, northern Greece. Every winter, following the Orthodox Church's celebration of the Epiphany, locals in several villages across the Balkans perform such animalistic masquerades and ritual dances to ward off evil spirits and awaken the coming spring.

Bulgarians Celebrate Christmas Eve

On December 24 we celebrate one of the greatest Christian holidays - Christmas Eve.

According to the biblical tradition, on Christmas Eve,  Virgin Mary goes into labor and is the beginning of Christ's birth.

The family gathers in anticipation of the birth of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.