Gypsy Marriage Festival in Bulgaria
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.