Every nation has typical customs and habits. They preserve its origin and keep the traditions alive trough the years. Each country has a national dance and typical?national music. I can say that the dance is the most common art form in the world.
In old times people used to do special rituals to make bad spirits and forces go away. In the beginning they were just strange movements, which were later conducted by a rhythm and grew up in to dances. In my country we have a special custom called “Kukeri”. It takes part every year on a particular day during the spring: people with strange costumes and ugly, scary masks dance and sing for fertility and health. As far as I know, there are similar customs also in other countries.
In the past, people used to dance also for fun. They just got together and amused themselves with group dances, which later became national dances, part of the so called national culture. Bulgarian national dances are called “horo” and “ruchenica”.
Our dancers are famous all around the world with them. Dancing really plays a special role in culture not only because it is a special way to preserve it, but also because of the marvelous way that it puts so many art forms together. For example: for dancing we need music, for music we need singers and players, the national dances are usually performed with special national costumes?
We can easily observe how elegant and without any notion dance makes people develop their imagination and creativity, which later reflect into their national culture. Nowadays people continue using the dance for amusement. Modern music makes for instance the rap and techno dancing fashion almost everywhere around the world.
This is a product of the globalization. However, people continue dancing their national dances at special occasions and this keeps their culture alive.