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Jan. 12, 2014 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 in Ribnovo, Bulgaria. The practice of painting the bride’s face white and decorating it with sequins and paint, called “elena” in Bulgarian, is tradition unique to Ribnovo that goes back centuries. Ribnovo weddings only take place in the winter and the entire village participates with group dances on the main square. Ribnovo, in the mountains of southern Bulgaria, is predominantly inhabited by Pomaks, a Muslim ethnic minority who are the descendants of Christian Bulgarians who converted to Islam during Ottoman rule. Sean Gallup/Getty Images Buy Photo