epa03565244 A man dressed as a bride smokes takes part in a parade during the the International Festival of Masquerade Games 'Surva' in the town of Pernik, some 30 km from Sofia, Bulgaria, 02 February 2013. In ancient times the old Thracians held the Kukeri Ritual Games in honour of god Dionysus - known as a god of wine and ecstasy. Even today these games are also known as the Dionysus' games. Among the Kukeri dancers' are many characters, including Dionysus and his satyrs as well as others from deep history such as the tsar, harachari, plyuvkachi, startzi, and pesyatzi. EPA/VASSIL DONEV
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