During Carnival in the small village of Dreznica, Slovenia (population 65), bachelors dress in costume and parade through the village stopping to rap on every door in town. Neighbors invite them in to eat and drink, and to celebrate. Ancient Europeans believed that evil caused the dark and cold winter. When spring arrived, they came out to rejoice that light once again won over darkness, and to begin another year. The Pagan custom is preserved and rooted in the culture.
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