When I was a child, bears would go from door to door, performing for anyone who welcomed them into their homes and could afford to pay them a tip. Nowadays, they only schedule visits to houses that invite them ahead of time. My grandmother said this is because most people no longer have money to tip the bears. Indeed, all but one of the homes we visited were large and appeared to have wealthy owners. This photo however was taken during a performance at the home of two bears — a married couple — that were in the troupe themselves. @dianazeynebalhindawi for @burndiary #Laloaia #village #Romania #winter #newyear #bear #tradition