How are the wedding Bulgarian Muslim mountaineers
• How are the wedding Bulgarian Muslim mountaineers
On this strange picture - Wedding Fatma Ulanova and Jamal Sirakov from the village Rybnovo. Residents of the Bulgarian mountain villages that belong to the ethnic group is Muslim Pomaks, are famous for unique wedding ceremony, passing only in winter.
Pomak girls marry according to centuries-old traditions of his village: with eyes closed, the decorated paints and glitter face, in a bright dress and a wreath of paper flowers on his head. Local wedding is so important for the villagers, even those men who are working abroad, come to watch the ceremony.
For the people of Rybnovo much more important than their religion than nationality. And they identify themselves not only with a certain ethnic group, as representatives of their religion. In the village of 10 priests and 2 churches on 3500 inhabitants.
The family of the bride's dowry saves from the date of birth of girls. A large part of the dowry - a knitting handmade quilts, books, socks and carpets. In the morning before the wedding family members set a wooden platform 50 meters in length and 3 meters in height and hung it on the dowry.
Almost all the inhabitants of the village come to see this exhibition, small courtyards on your wedding day turn into a kind of showroom.
Then the bride and groom perform a traditional dance in the central square, joined by most of the young villagers.
But the most important part of the ceremony - bride prettification face - held on the second day after the wedding. Young relatives covered her face with a thick layer of white paint and decorate it with colored sequins. At the head of the bride wears a long red veil. At the wedding, no one does not drink alcoholic beverages, and sex before marriage - a taboo.
The groom, the bride's mother and her grandmother are young, dressed in a bright jacket and baggy pants, to the waiting guests. Bride is forbidden to open his eyes as long as the priest bless the young couple. It is difficult to say exactly when did this tradition. The villagers face more difficulties than the majority of Muslims in Bulgaria.
"In 1960, the banned Islamic music at weddings, then - traditional costumes, and in 1980 all the traditional wedding ceremonies were banned," - says Mayor Ahmed Bashev born in Rybnovo.
The villagers earn their living from agriculture, but low incomes in the most impoverished country of the EU makes men seek work in the big cities in Bulgaria or in western Europe, and not least in order to make the wedding. Men from settlements rarely marry somebody other than inmates Rybnovo.