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Not so in the nation’s Carpathian Mountains, where rural villagers continue to practice and preserve centuries-old traditions such as Christmas caroling.

In the mountain village of Kosmach, for example, residents take religion seriously. They regularly visit church. Women cover their heads in veils and kiss icons and receive blessings.

Pious worship during the holidays is balanced with pleasures such as heavy eating and drinking. Locals add color by wearing traditional folk clothing.

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