The Beauty Ceremony of the Traditional Kosovar Wedding Face Painting


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A Kosovar Bosnian bride Sellma Demirovic has her face painted by Aziza Sefitagic on her wedding day for a traditional ceremony in the village of Donje Ljubinje, Kosovo. Continue reading »

Sky Burial – Tibetans Perform Celestial Burial Ceremony (NSFW)


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Sky burial or ritual dissection was once a common funerary practice in Tibet wherein a human corpse is cut in specific locations and placed on a mountaintop, exposing it to the elements or the mahabhuta and animals – especially to birds of prey. The location of the sky burial preparation and place of execution are understood in the Vajrayana traditions as charnel grounds. In Tibet the practice is known as jhator (Tibetan: བྱ་གཏོར་; Wylie: bya gtor), which literally means, “giving alms to the birds.” Continue reading »

Buddhist Novices Transform Into Princes In Initiation Ceremony

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A young boy shows off his dance moves as the group parades through the town in Mae Hong Son, Thailand, April 2016. Monk initiates ditch normal clothes for princely tunics, full make up and heaps of golden jewels for their ordination into Buddhist monkhood. Continue reading »

Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony Ends With Tokyo Prime Minister Dressed As Super Mario

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Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe stole the show on Sunday night at the Olympics closing ceremony, taking to the stage in Rio dressed as Super Mario, arguably his country’s most famous export. With the closing ceremony coming to an end, the governor of Tokyo accepted the Olympic flag as a symbol that the Games would be held there in four years. Continue reading »

Traditional Wedding Ceremony in Bulgaria

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Bulgarian Muslims Azim Liumankov and his bride Fikrie Bindzheva pose in front of their house during their wedding ceremony in the village of Ribnovo, in the Rhodope Mountains, February 15, 2015. The remote mountain village of Ribnovo in southwest Bulgaria has kept its traditional winter marriage ceremony alive despite decades of Communist persecution, followed by poverty that forced many men to seek work abroad. The wedding ritual was resurrected with vigour among the Pomaks – Slavs who converted to Islam under Ottoman rule. The highlight of the ceremony is the painting of the bride’s face, where in a private rite open only to female in-laws, her face is covered in thick, chalky white paint and decorated with colourful sequins. (Photo by Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)
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Group Wedding Ceremony in Harbin

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A newly wed couple jumps to pose for their wedding photographs after their group wedding ceremony which was held as part of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 6, 2015. The wedding ceremony was organised by the city government and 11 couples from China, Russia and Egypt participated in the ceremony. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
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5000 Brides and Grooms Marry in Mass Wedding Ceremony


A bride talks on the phone during a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Centre in Gapyeong, about 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Seoul February 12, 2014. The Unification Church founded by evangelist reverend Moon Sun-myung in Seoul in 1954, performed its first mass wedding in 1961 with 33 couples. Approximately 2,500 couples attended the mass wedding on Wednesday. (Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters) Continue reading »

Pan American Games End with Colorful Closing Ceremony

Fireworks at the Omnilife stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 30. (Roberto Escobar / EPA) Continue reading »