I have photographed the Poklade (Busó festivities) in the recent years, but this time it was something new. This time I managed to blend in completely.

On Sunday during the busó festivities, a group of busós (men dressed in wool coats and wearing scary hand-carved, wooden, horned masks) cross the river Danube in rowing boats, reviving the mythical origin of the event. Before crossing the river, they have a big stake (fire) on the island, drink and hang out for a while, which is constant fun.

Thousands of people wait for them to arrive on the other side of the river. I was honored to be the first photographer ever to join them on their journey.

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