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A Feast-Day Wedding In Macedonia

Every year, Macedonians in the village of Galicnik celebrate Petrovden, or St. Peter's Day, on July 12 with a three-day wedding celebration involving traditional costumes, rituals, and dances. In past centuries, the feast was the only time when local couples could marry; now just one couple is chosen to be wed during the celebrations, known as the Galicnik Wedding.

People in folk costumes hold torches during a procession the night before the wedding in the village of Galicnik.
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People in folk costumes hold torches during a procession the night before the wedding in the village of Galicnik.

Women arrange their folk costumes during the celebrations.
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Women arrange their folk costumes during the celebrations.

Bride Aleksandra Krstevska, covered by a veil, rides a horse to meet the groom.
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Bride Aleksandra Krstevska, covered by a veil, rides a horse to meet the groom.

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Aleksandra Krstevska looks through her wedding ring. The couple that marries during the Galicnik Wedding is chosen through a nationwide competition.
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Aleksandra Krstevska looks through her wedding ring. The couple that marries during the Galicnik Wedding is chosen through a nationwide competition.

Groom Vase Geogievski (center) waves his hat to greet wedding guests.
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Groom Vase Geogievski (center) waves his hat to greet wedding guests.

Women dance in traditional folk costumes.
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Women dance in traditional folk costumes.

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