Bulgarians. Don’t you just love ’em with their colorful dress sense and their “let’s party” spirit?

Not if you’re a cockerel on national Rooster Day you don’t.

For on 2 February in villages across the country cockerels are ritually slaughtered, ostensibly for the “good health of young boys”.

Once their heads have been chopped off, the blood is used to make the sign of the cross on the villagers’ front doors.

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Looks very jolly, but not quite sure how it fits in with EU Council Regulation (EC) 1099/2009 on the Protection of Animals at the Time of Killing.

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