Ribnovo Villagers Celebrate A Wedding

RIBNOVO, BULGARIA - JANUARY 12: Mustafa Sirakov adjusts tinsel hanging from his bride Fatme Inus, her face painted white and decorated with sequins, as she keeps her gaze fixed on a mirror shortly after she emerged from her home towards the end of the couple's two-day wedding on January 12, 2014 in Ribnovo, Bulgaria. The practice of painting the bride's face white and decorating it with sequins and coloured paint is called "gelena" in Bulgarian, is unique to Ribnovo and is a tradition going back centuries. Ribnovo weddings only take place in the winter and the entire village participates with group dances on the main square. Ribnovo, located in the mountains of southern Bulgaria, is predominantly inhabited by Pomaks, a Muslim ethnic minority who are the descendants of Christian Bulgarians who converted to Islam during Ottoman rule. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
RIBNOVO, BULGARIA - JANUARY 12: Mustafa Sirakov adjusts tinsel hanging from his bride Fatme Inus, her face painted white and decorated with sequins, as she keeps her gaze fixed on a mirror shortly after she emerged from her home towards the end of the couple's two-day wedding on January 12, 2014 in Ribnovo, Bulgaria. The practice of painting the bride's face white and decorating it with sequins and coloured paint is called "gelena" in Bulgarian, is unique to Ribnovo and is a tradition going back centuries. Ribnovo weddings only take place in the winter and the entire village participates with group dances on the main square. Ribnovo, located in the mountains of southern Bulgaria, is predominantly inhabited by Pomaks, a Muslim ethnic minority who are the descendants of Christian Bulgarians who converted to Islam during Ottoman rule. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Ribnovo Villagers Celebrate A Wedding
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