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On the 5th before 6th of May thousands of people from Bulgaria and neighbor countries climb the peak Dambala near the town of Momchilgrad. People believe that on this very night, exactly 00:00 o’clock, the water becomes healing and cures diseases. Local Muslim people consider this miracle connected with their Saint Yaran Baba. If you come at Dambala on 5th of May, don’t forget to fill your bottle with water directly from the rock and to leave part of your wear on a branch of a tree so that you leave all your diseases there.

The religious fair at Elmala baba tekke nearby the village of Bivolyane is the largest in Momchilgard area. It is held in the first week of September. This fair is the beginning of all religious autumn holidays in the municipality ( 11 in total). During the fair a traditional mae is organized and extremely honored mostly by the muslims kazalbashi . People from all over the world come here to worship their ancestors. The tradition goes back centuries. During the festival different rituals, prayers of thanksgiving are performed, a traditional cheverme (baked meal) is prepared, and music programs and charities are organized.