The dervishes of Lesichevo, near Panagyurishte, are one of Bulgaria's greatest living traditions. No one knows why they are named dervishes, or дервиши. They always were, is the response. No one knows when they first gathered. They always did. 

They are colourful, they are funny, and they are scary. Their dances and the noise they make, push away the bad spirits and welcome the spring. Their dances are always on Sirni Zagovezni, seven weeks before Easter. Sirni Zagovezni is the week of asking forgiveness, and of merry-making before the serious Easter lent begins. 

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