The Strandzha “white mummer” is the most ancient celebration form of this ritual in Bulgaria
Strandzha ‘white mummer’, means a mummer without mask, with bare face is the most ancient form of celebration of Mummer’s day in Bulgaria.The Mummer’s day is celebrated on the first Sunday before Lent and has a carnival character.
Much sense and symbols are hidden in this ritual: this is a dance for fertility and plenty. The mummer is dressed in white kid or sheep–skin and his fellows walk along with him: a mummer’s lass, a grandmother, a doctor, policemen, a barber and others. All persons have a parody character. They walk around the whole town, and the evening ends with mummers’ procession, “starting to plough” with a wooden plough and the ritual “palikosh” /burning of a basket/. Men raise burning basket full of straw high. A chain-dance called horo is playing around the basket, when the basket fàlls down everyone is trying to jump over it. The legend tells it is for health.
Celebrations of Mummer’s day and “Palikosh” are still alive in the town of Malko Tarnovo and some villages in the municipality.