Gypsy Mar­riage Fes­ti­val in Bul­garia

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

The ways in which people marry dif­fers from one coun­try to an­other ac­cord­ing to their tra­di­tions and the na­ture of its people, for each coun­try has its own ways of cel­e­brat­ing the cer­e­mony and its own spe­cial clothes which the people have in­her­ited from their an­ces­tors.

The people of Kur­dis­tan dif­fer from Iraqis in the way they cel­e­brate wed­dings. In Kur­dis­tan, most wed­ding par­ties oc­cur in April, and spe­cially dur­ing Newroz be­cause of the beauty of na­ture at this time of the year.

In the past, a fe­male match­maker would bring cou­ples to­gether groom by tak­ing a pic­ture of a young man and show­ing it to the bride-to-be. If the girl liked the man, then the match­maker would tell the fam­ily of the man and re­ceive a fee for her ser­vices; the two fam­i­lies would then get to­gether to dis­cuss the dowry. If they agreed on the dowry, the wed­ding would go ahead.

Many coun­tries cel­e­brate the mar­riage cer­e­mony in strange and dif­fer­ent ways. In Bul­garia, for in­stance, there is the Veg­etable Fes­ti­val Mar­riage to which gypsy fam­i­lies bring their daugh­ters in or­der to show sell to bride­grooms.

The girls at these fes­ti­vals put on a lot of make-up and wear fash­ion­able new clothes in or­der to fetch a high price. The fes­ti­val is held at the veg­etable fair in the vil­lage of Mo­gela near Stara Zagora.

At the auc­tion, girls can go for in ex­cess of 10,000 USD, with their beauty and age play­ing a great role in the process. Ev­ery fam­ily brings their sons and daugh­ters of mar­riage­able age— if they can agree on a dowry, the mar­riage will go ahead. If the mar­riage is agreed on, the bride and groom have to dance at the fes­ti­val.

The World Hu­man Rights Or­ga­ni­za­tion has tried to erad­i­cate this prac­tice, be­cause it re­sem­bles a sale of hu­man be­ings.

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