Men jump into the waters of a lake in an attempt to grab a wooden cross on Epiphany Day in Sofia. Orthodox priests throughout the country bless the waters by throwing a cross into it as worshipers try to retrieve it. It is strongly believed that catching the cross brings health and prosperity to the person who captures it.
Students in gas masks and carrying cardboard fake guns demonstrate in front of the parliament in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Wednesday. Thousands of people joined rallies against corruption, low incomes and high unemployment, raising pressure on the Socialist-led government in the European Union’s poorest country.
A Syrian refugee holds a baby in a refugee camp in the town of Harmanli, southeast of Sofia on Tuesday. Bulgaria’s asylum centres are severely overcrowded after the arrival of almost 10,000 refugees this year, half of them from Syria.
Syrian children play on a tree as they wait for the distribution of food outside a refugee centre in Sofia on Tuesday.
Members of an international religious movement called the White Brotherhood perform a ritual dance near Babreka lake, in the Rila Mountain, about 100 km south of Sofia, Bulgaria, as part of their New Year celebrations. The teaching of the movement, whose founder is Peter Danov, is a synthesis of Christianity and Hinduism with a heavy emphasis on brotherly love, a healthy diet and living in harmony with nature
Children play in a dam to cool off as a heatwave strikes Sofia. Temperatures in Bulgaria reached 39 degrees Celsius on Monday.
A Bulgarian girl sits on the street holding a flag during an anti-government rally near the parliament building in Sofia, in an attempt to block the street.
A pregnant woman reads a book as she sits on an empty boulevard in central Sofia, Bulgaria on the sidelines of protests to try to prevent lawmakers from entering parliament and to press for the government’s resignation. However lawmakers succeeded in opening parliament for the first time this week.
A man takes a rest next to a wall covered with ripped pre-election posters of Boyko Borisov, the leader of the Bulgarian conservative GERB party and a former prime minister, in a Sofia suburb. Bulgaria faced fresh political uncertainty on Monday after tough guy ex-premier Mr Borisov fell way short of a majority in elections held three months after mass demonstrations forced his government’s resignation.