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The Kalaidzhi bride market takes place in the southeast of Bulgaria every year. Unmarried women are often paired off with financially strong men. But more and more young Roma are rebelling against the old tradition. For young Kalaidzhi the annual bride market at Bachkovo Monastery is the only chance to find a partner. Their Orthodox Christian faith and traditional code of conduct prohibit them from dating, flirting or having any other pre-marital relations. The Kalaidzhi - a name meaning tinsmiths or boilermakers - marry only within the group. Finding a spouse from outside - and in particular a non-Roma Bulgarian - is out of the question. Love is only a secondary consideration. What matters is the dowry. A growing number of young Roma, however, are rebelling against the traditional marriage market. They want to make their own decisions, and to love and marry the person of their choice. For girls especially - some as young as 15 when they are put up for marriage - the wedding is the end of self-determined life. They will subsequently be housewives and mothers. The film accompanies 17-year-old Teni and 19-year-old Maria in the week before the market day. For them it means buying a lot of new clothes and masses of other preparations. Can this be a way to find true love? And how is the outdated ritual affected by the Internet and social media? _______ Exciting, powerful and informative – DW Documentary is always close to current affairs and international events. Our eclectic mix of award-winning films and reports take you straight to the heart of the story. Dive into different cultures, journey across distant lands, and discover the inner workings of modern-day life. Subscribe and explore the world around you – every day, one DW Documentary at a time. Subscribe to DW Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/dwdocumentary?sub_confirmation=1 For more information visit: http://www.dw.com/en/tv/docfilm/s-3610 Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dwdocumentary/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dw.stories DW netiquette policy: http://www.dw.com/en/dws-netiquette-policy/a-5300954
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DW Documentary (7 months ago)
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meth-lab barbie (8 days ago)
A Spanish bride market?
yo yo (11 days ago)
can i marry too im indian working for dell MNC in india
Mary Lai (3 months ago)
The DW Documentar
An Tran (3 months ago)
DW Documentary b
Dallan Labrum (3 months ago)
Translation is pretty rough. I found the Roma’s very interesting when I lived in Bulgaria. The Kolaichi are just one of many tribes. Really great video overall.
Esty massouda (9 hours ago)
Of course she is from a good family background. No mass sround.
Women appear to very busty The busty beauty Facebook is wicked. Forget Facebook young kids All those “ friends” are not really your friends 👬
Peter T (1 day ago)
Just another day in the meat market
kevin mulligan (1 day ago)
thats the first time ive ever seen a gypsy pay for anything
Do you know which Arch Angel is sleeping under Bulgaria ??? Filling in the passageway to the chamber with cement won't stop the deaths from occurring..
93Akane (1 day ago)
Maria looks like she's in her mid 30's
Atleast they have old benz
Yalçın Kuzay (1 day ago)
Those countries in European Union, but Turkey not. Zohahha, slave sellers.
Zulfiqar Ansari (1 day ago)
We should respect culture of other people
Alfrad Kuki (1 day ago)
Shes wont be a virgin.anymore
Samira Estrela (2 days ago)
Bulgaria is that rural? Or is it just a part of it?
Ammar Bin Talat (2 days ago)
Might have to drive over to Bulgaria and check this market out 🤣.
Arif Khan (2 days ago)
How much cor her i will pay 😘in aed
Video Diversity VD (3 days ago)
I am ready to marry this beautiful girl 😘
Sara Israel (3 days ago)
I like that they marry their own
Clayton Craig (3 days ago)
Why spend if you could kidnap a bride on Kyrgyzstan?
shubham kumar (3 days ago)
I also need a girl
James Got Jokes (3 days ago)
That's the oldest Mercedes I've ever seen
istiklalcaddesi (3 days ago)
How good is that. My Roman friends. Happiest people in the World! She is somehow hot with limited means of buying quality make up etc. How many of you girls have long hair as hers? Go Roman Girl! So many jealous girls here 😊
Junior Santiago (3 days ago)
The internet and social media has broken traditions all around the world.
shawnte Pitts (3 days ago)
That's right kids
SuperMarksman33 (4 days ago)
Either falling off the roof, or lung cancer from the smokes. It's a race with this guy.
v Vishwas (4 days ago)
I must admit that Roma people are beautiful.
Same likes Indian family
I from india. I belong to indo-aryan caucasian race. I want to marry eastern european girl.
nevy channel (4 days ago)
they are too scared she will lose her virginity but yet if she comes home late they will throw her out? lmao warped religion. Selling people is fucked up as well.
Milika Young (4 days ago)
That mustache annoys me
Nerkera Saunders (4 days ago)
Interesting traditions
The lines Speak (4 days ago)
It's more like Indian
Thomas Brown (5 days ago)
You couldn't pay me to take on a partner.
Pradip Gupta (5 days ago)
Kalai is a North Indian Hindi word. Kalai is a process to shine up copper utensils and vessels. I find the headscarf worn by women, marrying among one's own clan or caste , dowry and a strong family system are all Indian. I am certain that these are displaced persons from North India possibly western Uttar Pradesh.
Robert Few (5 days ago)
See man driving a German whip......
gabriel esprada (5 days ago)
they hard to move on
Mr Ramirez (5 days ago)
I wanna go for the yoghurt
Raul Barriga (5 days ago)
There was a young girl with a white dress, I’d buy her
nisah delleva (5 days ago)
She looks not a virgin anymore😂✌
harsh (5 days ago)
I thought all western countries are perfect...open minded,modern,clean etc etc etc...but no few of 'em are same like India
funkeediscotek (5 days ago)
God this is nightmare fuel
Luis Diaz (5 days ago)
Shes fat and when she older she will be fatter no thanks
Shane J (5 days ago)
Bra's havent made their way into bulgaria yet
Joanne Wilton (5 days ago)
doesn't sound like they want help
Anirban Sarkar (6 days ago)
Western Feminist propaganda video
Mud (6 days ago)
This is like redneck bulgaria right? I guess the rest of the country functions normally.
Thomas Robinson (6 days ago)
This crap still goes on in the world, lol. The U.S. needs to ship these retarded SJW idiots to places like this and show them how fucking good they have it in the U.S.
GroupHug (6 days ago)
how much for wife ?
Anyhow here in my home country I haven't been able to find anybody so far.. Always, got rejected.. However, money is not a problem for me at all. Maybe I should relocate :D
JR Sevy (6 days ago)
Main thing is. We should be able to love and care for one and other as human beings... The reason for this so callec sell is to see if the groom can support his bride and to help the people out all together.... They can say no.... They are not being sold into slavery for goodness sakes
Eltonemeel (7 days ago)
In Romania is the same with Rroma etnic people. Some of them are proud to continue its traditions , and others go elsewhere if they have where to live without their parents: Case 1 moving to a good friend or an ex school mate (must be over 18 , to not be considered kidnaping by laws), these happens for both genders. Case 2 for girls specialy, if the guy is wealthy or very ritch and is not from the same etnic group, even the parents doesn't like they let the tradition down in most of cases. Case 3 for boys , they accept girls (preferably virgins) for their sons but she must be as her new family wants, if they want no more facebook, thats no more facebook, if they say no more mall shopping without the husband , thats no more shopping with other boys , girls or whatever. Case 4 but thats a little procent , the family search where their grown up child run away (after daughters mostly) , to kill her (even the person/s who tooked her) , with a cost of receiving a life sentence in jail , but with honor of the tradition kept in the family. This particular dramatic case happens: 1- when the Rroma etnic family is very rich and don't like it because they are the heads of this community and they loose in power if their daughters and sons are not marrying with another person from the same etnic group and the same standards. 2 - even if their poor , they have a despite or a frustration , deep in their soul , that the child can have a good life without a finger of help from them, its a frustration cause all the life they made downspouts, pottery , spoons and such things that hardly mantain the economy of the family. Its not about they not want their children to be happy , its about to breaking the family , stoping a bloodline , losing a child is losing a part of the future, even if alive elsewhere or killed by own family hands. So can be from the happiest to the saddest situations for this etnic group in runaways or unwanted marriages as I know.
Mathgasm (7 days ago)
Wonder what would happen if an American went shopping in a Rolls Royce would they deny that? lol
spoke1183 (7 days ago)
Gypsys stay away. You marry one u marry all from long lost uncles to their grandparents and all the kids.
Cyka Blyat (7 days ago)
8:45 why does she look like john Travolta?
Xena Melanie (7 days ago)
When ""dowry" is involved, ""divorce"" is not in their 'dictionary'! Married for better or for worse
Henrique eidt (7 days ago)
"The Roma generally don't accept offers like housing" Now they have my respect
Al Storm (7 days ago)
Yet that NGO stays out of muslim communities where women are treated even worse.
TKinfinity (7 days ago)
I clicked on this by accident. Now I can’t stop watching.
Zach (7 days ago)
6:25 damn that dude is a savage
Issa Romani (7 days ago)
Y’all wanna talk so much shit on Roma but it’s quite obvious they are oppressed🙄oppression leads to negligence of mental illness issues, low rate of job opportunities for minorities, little to no health care, racism,
The Dubya (7 days ago)
Just remember.... Shes going to look like her mama in 20 years 😂
smileyShiiZniTZ (7 days ago)
So when its Muslim tradition people seem ok with it, to not feel like there being racist, but when its a fellow European group its the worst thing ever and needs to be changed.
Zehrudin Hasanovic (7 days ago)
Suace X (8 days ago)
Those two are married they can take a joke. Not everyone is soft like people today. Despite the joke he probably still loves her.
Hafiar Batara (8 days ago)
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Binod Yadav (8 days ago)
Strange custom but respect that.
justininvestor (8 days ago)
Is this Borats family
John Doe (8 days ago)
This shit is absolutely human trafficking, Damn shame ! And its sad .
meth-lab barbie (8 days ago)
Virgins ... really?
Bessie Edna Rostron (8 days ago)
gypsy folks lol!
ioiu hbg (8 days ago)
We have Calaicy in Romania also. They are called Caldarari.
truth is my word (8 days ago)
America support gay marriage what is worse then that.
anonymous awesome (8 days ago)
hola, im from malaysia and looking for another wife.. can i get one? do you guys have promotion?
Argie Organia (8 days ago)
B.S tradition idiots
Rf Fr (8 days ago)
Che schifo
Juli Phukan (9 days ago)
I thought in Bulgaria women are respected,its good that they dress smartly but selling themselves I don't like it because we are Indians so can't digest.
Juli Phukan (9 days ago)
what can we do when girls themselves willing to sell them as if they are commodities.
Bucharasky Broit (9 days ago)
Oh WOOOOH in this day and age?
StalwartTotan (9 days ago)
Didn't know nationalism was a right-wing only thing. Sounds like communist propaganda but ok DW.
DW Documentary (6 days ago)
Hi Stalwart, thanks for commenting but...may be this one is a bit off-topic compared to the doc´s topic?
Nate Warlock (9 days ago)
"Are we going to the market or what? Stop doing your make up, you're pretty enough. Let's GOOO!" Me trying to get my girl to get in the car to go get food.
Maria's boobies are perfect
Sunny Thymes (9 days ago)
Stupid tradition!!!
Dedgy Blazer (9 days ago)
Gypsy ass, Sofia is filled with these people. What I would give to live in a house away from all of them lol
feroz khan (10 days ago)
It's a good idea to mix pairs with which there will be no virginity
MaJieMao (10 days ago)
I wonder with money playing such an huge role is a outsider male with tons of cash and a girl that fancy him likely to break into this culture?
Chiara Malik (10 days ago)
The voiceover is disturbing my soul
l\ (10 days ago)
That uncle with the huge pot belly and huge, yellowed mustache - what an idiot. And he races out of there on a dirt road. What a dick.
LW SB (11 days ago)
Lool at the robotic translation of you look like a barn door 😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Breann (11 days ago)
this is just sad.
Sarina Lopes (11 days ago)
And there I was complaining about my Indian parents and their overprotective behavior
Mat Gong (11 days ago)
Disco.. wow theres so modern its still the 70s for them
Mat Gong (11 days ago)
thats nice i can understand the subtitles #indonesianmalay
alpz rmr (12 days ago)
please ressurect dracula
Get Informed (12 days ago)
The bride market... so wrong on so many ways, on this day and age, ignorance and greed, cant wrap my mind around this barbaric custom, money money money , the God that doesnt sleep
wade tanner (12 days ago)
Tell the truth and lie not ! Outside men don't care if the women are discriminated against; they just say that as a means to lure the beautiful long hair virgins in their direction. Believe me it's all about sex ! Men that are not attracted to that beautiful pure type of women won't care either way.
Zero Hour (12 days ago)
Ok, so, lets get it out now.. Roma's, gypsies do NOT come from Romania, Bulgaria... these people are 100% from India. The music, dress, housing is 100% Indian style.
Kelley Ryan (12 days ago)
Interesting about wanting the light skin ... I was told that is just due to white supremacy... but this would not be the case with them
teh TroubleMaker (12 days ago)
04:28 Look, no hands ma!
Sam (13 days ago)
These are the best Gypsies I have ever seen, my hat goes off to them, they look pretty normal people.
daim hall (13 days ago)
love DW.
jessie mayfield (13 days ago)
i clicked for the son😊 that boy slays the sisters bad makeup is on purpose for pale skin for those who wonder
BEERCOASTERSpl (13 days ago)
Bulgaria's Roma??? Who the hell calls GYPSIES "Bulgaria's Roma"!?

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