Face Of The Day

Ribnovo Villagers Celebrate A Wedding

Bride Fatme Inus, her face painted white and decorated with sequins, emerges to present herself to villagers towards the end of her two-day wedding to Mustafa Sirakov on January 12, 2014 in Ribnovo, Bulgaria. The centuries-old tradition of painting the bride’s face white and decorating it with sequins and coloured paint is called “gelena” in Bulgarian and is unique to Ribnovo, located in the mountains of southern Bulgaria. Ribnovo weddings only take place in the winter and the entire village participates with group dances on the main square. Ribnovo is predominantly inhabited by Pomaks, a Muslim ethnic minority who are the descendants of Christian Bulgarians who converted to Islam during Ottoman rule. By Sean Gallup/Getty Images.