AP PHOTOS: Bear costumes, dance at popular Romanian festival


              A man wearing a bear fur costume looks at his mobile phone while waiting for his wurst order to be prepared after a parade showcasing winter traditions from the northeast of the country in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. The custom originated in pre-Christian times, when dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs went village households, singing and dancing to ward off evil. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              A couple wearing bear fur costumes kiss before taking part in a parade showcasing winter traditions from the northeast of the country in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. The custom originated in pre-Christian times, when dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs went village households, singing and dancing to ward off evil. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              A man wearing bear fur costume walks during a parade showcasing regional winter traditions in Comanesti, northeastern Romania, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              A man wearing bear fur costume waits by railway tracks during a parade showcasing regional winter traditions in Comanesti, northeastern Romania, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. Centuries ago, people in what is now northeast Romania would don bear fur and dance to fend off evil spirits. Nowadays, the custom lives on as a popular festival that has been drawing crowds of tourists. The so-called 'dancing bears festival' takes place every December, starting in the days before Christmas and ending with the New Year's Eve. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              People wearing bear fur costumes take part in a parade showcasing regional winter traditions in Comanesti, northeastern Romania, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              Women watch from a window as people wearing bear fur costumes take part in a parade showcasing regional winter traditions in Comanesti, northeastern Romania, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. Every year on Dec. 30 bear hundreds of people dressed as bears, from toddlers to adults, fill the main street growling as they dance or jokingly simulating aggressive moves towards the many onlookers. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              A man wearing a bear fur costume waves to a little girl during a parade showcasing regional winter traditions in Comanesti, northeastern Romania, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              A person wearing a bear fur costume dances during a parade showcasing winter traditions from the northeast of the country in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              A man holds a toddler wearing a bear fur costume during a parade showcasing regional winter traditions in Comanesti, northeastern Romania, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. Every year on Dec. 30 bear hundreds of people dressed as bears, from toddlers to adults, fill the main street growling as they dance or jokingly simulating aggressive moves towards the many onlookers. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              A little boy dances during a parade showcasing regional winter traditions in Comanesti, northeastern Romania, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. Every year on Dec. 30 bear hundreds of people dressed as bears, from toddlers to adults, fill the main street growling as they dance or jokingly simulating aggressive moves towards the many onlookers. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              A girl wearing a bear fur costume waits before taking part a parade showcasing winter traditions from the northeast of the country in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. The custom originated in pre-Christian times, when dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs went village households, singing and dancing to ward off evil. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              Youths wearing bear fur costumes pause during a parade showcasing winter traditions from the northeast of the country in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. Centuries ago, people in what is now northeast Romania would don bear fur and dance to fend off evil spirits. Nowadays, the custom lives on as a popular festival that has been drawing crowds of tourists. The so-called 'dancing bears festival' takes place every December, starting in the days before Christmas and ending with the New Year's Eve. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              People wearing communist era military uniforms, decorated with colorful items, take part in a parade showcasing winter traditions from the northeast of the country in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              People wearing communist era military uniforms, decorated with colorful items, take part in a parade showcasing winter traditions from the northeast of the country in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              A woman looks at people wearing bear fur costumes during a parade showcasing winter traditions from the northeast of the country in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. The custom originated in pre-Christian times, when dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs went village households, singing and dancing to ward off evil. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              A little girl runs by a people wearing bear fur costumes during a parade showcasing winter traditions from the northeast of the country in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              A policeman stops vehicles for people wearing bear fur costumes to cross a street during a parade showcasing winter traditions from the northeast of the country in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              People wearing bear fur costumes dance during a parade showcasing winter traditions from the northeast of the country in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. The custom originated in pre-Christian times, when dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs went village households, singing and dancing to ward off evil. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              A girl wearing a bear fur costume is illuminated by the rising sun before taking part in a parade showcasing regional winter traditions in Comanesti, northeastern Romania, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              A child wearing a bear fur costume dances during a parade showcasing winter traditions from the northeast of the country in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. Centuries ago, people in what is now northeast Romania would don bear fur and dance to fend off evil spirits. Nowadays, the custom lives on as a popular festival that has been drawing crowds of tourists.The so-mcalled 'dancing bears festival' takes place every December, starting in the days before Christmas and ending with the New Year's Eve.AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              A boy looks at a mobile phone while waiting, dressed in a bear fur costume, to take part in a parade showcasing regional winter traditions in Comanesti, northeastern Romania, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. The custom originated in pre-Christian times, when dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs went village households, singing and dancing to ward off evil. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              A man wears a bear fur costume while taking part in a parade showcasing winter traditions from the northeast of the country in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              Girls help each other stand up dressed in heavy bear fur costumes as they prepare to take part in a parade showcasing regional winter traditions in Comanesti, northeastern Romania, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
            
              A boy wearing a bear fur costume waits for the start of a parade showcasing regional winter traditions in Comanesti, northeastern Romania, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. Every year on Dec. 30 bear hundreds of people dressed as bears, from toddlers to adults, fill the main street growling as they dance or jokingly simulating aggressive moves towards the many onlookers. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
            
              People wearing bear fur costumes prepare to take part in a parade showcasing regional winter traditions in Comanesti, northeastern Romania, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. Centuries ago, people in what is now northeast Romania would don bear fur and dance to fend off evil spirits. Nowadays, the custom lives on as a popular festival that has been drawing crowds of tourists. The so-called 'dancing bears festival' takes place every December, starting in the days before Christmas and ending with the New Year's Eve.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
AP PHOTOS: Bear costumes, dance at popular Romanian festival