RIBNOVO, Bulgaria (Reuters) – Fikrie Sabrieva, 17, will marry together with her eyes shut along with her face painted white, dotted with bright sequins. She lives ‘at the conclusion of the world’, tending a hardy muslim culture in mostly Christian Bulgaria.
Kiddies view the marriage ceremony of Moussa Babechki and Fikrie Sabrieva within the town of Ribnovo, into the Rhodope Mountains, some 210km (130miles) south of Sofia 13, 2008 january. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
The remote village of Ribnovo, set for a mountainside that is snowy southwest Bulgaria, has held its conventional cold weather marriage service alive despite decades of Communist persecution, followed closely by poverty that forced lots of men to seek work abroad.
“Other nearby villages tried the marriage that is traditional the ban had been lifted, but then the custom somehow died away — ladies wanted become contemporary,” said Ali Mustafa Bushnak, 61, whoever child arrived to view Fikrie’s wedding.
“Maybe our company is at the conclusion associated with the planet. Or individuals in Ribnovo are extremely proud and religious of the traditions.”