DIADO DRAGOI (Bulgaria)
Diado Dragoi, an authentic folklore group, is a unique gem not only in the Shumen region, but all over Bulgaria. The group was created in 1960 with the aim of researching, preserving and popularizing the authentic folklore of its region. During all this time, several hundred people between the ages of 10 and 70 participated in the group’s activities. Different customs – “babinden” or grandmother’s day, kukeri-sandi, blind doll, shaving of the son-in-law, Midsummer’s Day, wedding bridge, Dragoevo’s wedding Monday, etc – are central to their humorous and engaging folklore programs. It is with the presentation of Dragoevo’s wedding Monday traditions that the group has been nominated for the UNESCO list of living human treasures. The folklore group is supervised by Krasimir Savov.