The Weddings of Ribnovo

White brides in Ribnovo, Rhodope Mountains

Photo: Bobi Toshev

Ribnovo is a small village located high up in Western Rhodope Mountains, near the town of Gotse Delchev and close to the Greek border. It is inhabited, as well as the whole area, mainly by Pomacs – Bulgarian Christians, who accepted Islam during the time of the Ottoman rule (14-19th century). A specific tradition in the wedding rituals here is to paint the faces of their bribes. See a photo documentary here. Read more about the rituals in Ribnovo here.

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