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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 And how is the outdated ritual affected by the Internet and social media?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 (9 months ago)
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Saurav gupta (1 month ago)
How long does it take to get pr of romania after getting married to a romanian girl?
Kowsar Abdi (1 month ago)
DW Documentary Would
Dalibor Mitrovic (2 months ago)
It d be much better with subtitle than with voice at the back...
meth-lab barbie (3 months ago)
A Spanish bride market?
abhishek stanley (3 months ago)
can i marry too im indian working for dell MNC in india
Michael Andersen (10 hours ago)
Labels.
Zavi Zaoldyek (17 hours ago)
interessting if people like this say they will only marry other people from their same clan (culture, race or what ever you want to call it- because it is essentialy the same) it is tradition or culture...but if a white person would say it (or lets rather say a german, french, white american and so on) it would be racism..oh man i love these double standarts
I, going
Aerison Khonglah (19 hours ago)
Is good to Respect your own community and tribe
If this was Afrika with the same conditions, you racist would have a whole lot of disrespectful comments about this vid.
SpaceRock (1 day ago)
That guy's mustache is legendary
Surudh Bhutani (1 day ago)
The voiceover for the dialogue makes me feel like I'm watching a Discovery channel documentary on a school of fish or something on Nickelodeon. Cmon guys, subtitles!!!!
herman munster (2 days ago)
a pound of make up
Fairex (2 days ago)
The communist government tried integrating our culture with this scum and it failed horribly and now we are facing the consequences.
mudabbir ali (2 days ago)
My next tour: Bulgaria.
Apocryphon93 (2 days ago)
😱
David Vacarciuc (3 days ago)
cute couple though!
XEON Quantum (3 days ago)
I'm 29years male single, I would like pay 12000 Euro for 👰... are they ready to marry me, out of culture...
Lily Fulford (3 days ago)
Eventually if they are only marrying the same community won't it eventually become insest at some point down the line?
Tauseef Aslam (3 days ago)
9.18 The dad's right about facebook
Jacknife1007 (4 days ago)
I would love that kind of life
OHM-968692 (4 days ago)
What a fascinating documentary! Thanks for this
OHM-968692 (4 days ago)
Their culture is cool but I hope they modernise and integrate. I hope Bulgaria accepts them and that right wing biker gangs stop harassing them.
Melissa (4 days ago)
Like if you love her hair 🤩
Norma De Hoag (5 days ago)
I ‘ cut his mustache
Gabriella Mathes (5 days ago)
So weird that the girls try to look lighter skinned because it’s more beautiful, yet me a pale girl over here in America wishes I had her complexion. We always want what we can’t have. This was a really interesting vid tho, we srsly are so lucky
Dem0lisher (5 days ago)
Bought and controlled like cows. Where u at feminists.
LORDE 2729 (5 days ago)
how backward culture. no shit these eastern european countries are backwater compared to the western ones. it seems like the eastern are more related to how women gets treated in asian and middle east then the western part of europe
Laura Tekmenzhi (6 days ago)
I am so happy I can understand Bulgarian
Robert Harris (6 days ago)
always meet the mother of the future bride first that way you get a idea what to expect. Fact
Sandernista (6 days ago)
The romani in Bulgaria seem better off than the romani in Romania and Hungary. Maybe it's just this video...
Kensia Maria (6 days ago)
Sound like gypcy culture
SOPHIA DOUMANOV (7 days ago)
I’m from Bulgaria and I didn’t know this happened even though I’ve been to Stara Zagora and I have seen many gypsies before
stan hootzz (7 days ago)
Thank you fer the share and illumination of the Roma culture. Sad aboot the copper...keeps away alot of bacteria.
Swoke StayConshus (7 days ago)
Spot UK reg car at 23:50 with expired MOT
Cassius Clay (7 days ago)
These are Roma gypsies. Very different folk from actual Bulgarians. Glad to see the young man has good intentions for education.
Clara Spin (7 days ago)
the outraged comments- especially those by bulgarians- are ridiculous. what's so terrible in trying to preserve a unique identity and cultural heritage and where is the great harm done to these girls? would it be better if they started using tinder at 16 or hanging out in shady clubs waiting to be picked up? also, is the western "liberal", "normal" way of dating and marriage is so successful that you scoff? what's the latest divorce percentage in bulgaria? 30%, 40%?
tastemysaucer (8 days ago)
What a lovely place.
Zeus Viado (8 days ago)
I wonder how does his mustache tickle when she is being kissed there. Need to be documented.
Ashaiq Naikoo (8 days ago)
Equivalent to Muslim marriage, male gives money to female
April Rosales (9 days ago)
the young boy is handsome 😊♥️
April Rosales (9 days ago)
Much better to choose the one you really love than just following the tradition.
April Rosales (9 days ago)
Culture in the Philippines esp. in Catholic, we don't need dowry but some other people maybe do their tradition 😊♥️
r Dx (10 days ago)
Where's the respect for the girl?? Seriously...Trade of girls in the name of tradition??...
forkan zaki (10 days ago)
*No worries I am Asian Not a Bulgarian, Which means either I can have a love marriage or arranged rather than geeting sold on markets or flirt them on public LOL*
Sofia Kanelopoulou (10 days ago)
sad
O Marti (11 days ago)
So interesting thanks for the video.
KaseGrimm (11 days ago)
I love the uncle, he cracks me up.
jay deshmukh (12 days ago)
Looks like Roma culture is same as that of Indian tradition.
Cristina Balangan (12 days ago)
Pitty for the woman they have no freedom I just prifier single for ever.
Awais Pasha (12 days ago)
At least they r not doing sex like others European countries They do marriage and avoid from sex
Jamie (12 days ago)
Why’d the girl pick such an ugly dress :/
PrincessLoveBug (12 days ago)
Rhinestones?! Rhinestones are modern?! Maybe in 2002 lol
22vx (13 days ago)
thank you Thank You THANK YOU for overdubbing non-English dialog
Erick M (13 days ago)
Sequel pls.
SAKI BEAR (13 days ago)
Too bad that Bulgaria has enough rednecks to interfere with the bride market day.Charles Chaplin was of Roma heritage and his Mother and siblings are on the role for the poorhouse in England briefly as a child. Considering that at the heights of his career he was the highest paid person in the USA maybe not all immigrants/minorities are what the "Dotard" would want us to believe.
i tube (13 days ago)
Historically, Bulgarians have been very tolerant, accommodating and supportive to the gypsies living in their country. During the socialist era they were given FREE apartments in order to “assimilate” with the Bulgarian society. Unfortunately, most of the gypsies are uneducated and not motivated to break the cycle of poverty.  They are one of the most challenging problems Bulgaria face today morally, financially and culturally.
GRUMPYpussyCAT (13 days ago)
Subtitles > Voiceover
Any one from Bulgaria is here??
Jennifer Bell (14 days ago)
Isn't the son misguided. He judges his future wife by her face -.-
Talridis blagoev (14 days ago)
wtf is this?:( ok ppl ho arent bulgarians tell me?:D how do you love this rome ppl? case they dont give us reasons to love them:D they give us like 1 reason to love them for that reason they give us also 100 reasons for us to hate them.:( if you lived with them like us i dont know if anyone else can put up with the killing raping massive stealing and destroying my country slowly(PS with the help of the corrupt politics of course:D).:(
Real Justice (15 days ago)
do you get a full service history
Holly Roden (15 days ago)
They are inbred within the same group for multiple generations and its causing genetic defects.
Deepak Kumar (15 days ago)
Caleichi??
James Manol (16 days ago)
Well, what about if he's only son was gay or Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to marry his daughter, he is not a Kalaidzhi but he's a Roma (famous and millionare)?
James Manol (16 days ago)
8:02 This salt is a greek product "Αλάτι" :P
mea (16 days ago)
I love the health and safety 😂 hydrochloric acid goes on the floor 🤣🤣
Mikeyas Kebede (16 days ago)
Firstly, i perceived Bulgaria is beautiful country .
Michael B (16 days ago)
They are Gipsy not Roma .... They dont have nothing to do with Roman Empire or Romania .....
Taylor Gilbert (16 days ago)
so gypsy lol
Harry Nutsac (16 days ago)
"Cant fix stupid"
Rose_waterlily_13 (16 days ago)
Why didn’t she wear the outfit she bought
silva lining (17 days ago)
Did not expect this comment section to have a lot of laugh out loud comments lol
Maya Sultana (17 days ago)
Unemployment rate at 80%????????? whaaaat tf.........
Wolfgang Amadeus (17 days ago)
I respect traditions but this is dumb, it’s only 100 yrs old! That’s nothing! One of their grandpas just needed money
rainbowdust919 (18 days ago)
That uncle is so mean to his wife and niece!
Jam (18 days ago)
I will make my husband sleep at the backyard if he teases my to be as wide as the door
Gasss Dasss (18 days ago)
Imagine saying “hey girl I’ll buy you for 10000€ “ or your worth 100€
maketelma (18 days ago)
I'm from Turkey and I'm quite surprised with the fact that the name "Kalaidzhi" is Turkish. "Kalay" means tin, and the suffix "-cı/-ci/-cu/-cü" makes it an occupation. Like "futbolcu" means "footballer" in Turkish, "kalaycı" means "tinsmith", and the voiceover pronounces it exactly same way with "kalaycı" in Turkish. The more surprising thing is, here in Turkey, "kalaycı" used to be one of the primary occupations of Roma people back in the day when people used copper kitchen utensils - exactly in the same way with Roman Super Mario guy narrates in the video what he did for living. I searched Kalaidzhis' affiliation with Turkish people online but couldn't come up with any results. Do you know about their background, history, religion, etc?
Warrior King (10 days ago)
They are nomads originated from northern India and they travelled through the old silk route to reach Turkey and spread all over Europe. You are right, may be they were named in the Ottoman reign in Turkey. Back then Turkey was rich and traders and people like this were drawn to Istambul.
Andrew Alex (18 days ago)
Sad, colour hierarchy even in this culture @19.57 Establishment & cultural fear of melanin. Ok, plain English. Didn't mind the story concerning lower caste white people, parental pimping, backward culture, unattractive hippies But the tradition of a vampirish concubine to become attractive with the irony of gypsies evolving from India.... guess they can fuck right off too.
gabriel murgoci (18 days ago)
Gipsy.
Allen Attoni (18 days ago)
I would buy her
David F (18 days ago)
They are resilient in their culture and that's commendable. Many will say it's old, outdated, and orthodox.... but overall I didn't see anyone unhappy, man or woman. In many ways it keeps families safe. Look at the lady married to "Mario". She seemed as happy and confident as any woman who's married for 30 years. Men and women both get both satisfaction and happiness through culture. How many people do YOU know that are miserable on their own free will? Culture exists because people as a whole have little idea of what they want in life.
Simantini Sinha (18 days ago)
There is nothing wrong in arrange marriages and they stand rock solid
teoska (19 days ago)
This country joined the EU whereas Turkish citizens still need Schengen visa, which led me give up expecting even to be joined the union. That must be a joke.
luiza bakumenko (19 days ago)
It’s not healthy to have a clan, blood needs to mix, or you might have unhealthy children
Momin khan mushwani (19 days ago)
wooooow nice watching from pakistan
NYC Sweetness (19 days ago)
Uhhh the description says Maria is 19 and videos says 21. Which one is it? 🤔
Emad Gholam (20 days ago)
Its so funny. These people have strict ceremony's in which they all feel good about, than you have western people without culture and ceremony's bashing them for being closed minded and backwards. This is a way of life, just like the way of life in western countries is being slave to the system and working your ass off in a job that you hate, coming home to a nagging wife with a low paycheck. These people are living in the moment and are seriously happy in their lives and have structure etc etc. Hardcore capitalist countries on the other hand are chaotic from within but held together with police state.
Everyday Adventures (20 days ago)
I was disappointed the party was cut short because of the road block.
Mickey J (20 days ago)
Some traditions just needs to die. Just sayin’
mic (20 days ago)
She is not virgin for sure.
Tiaan Oosthuizen (21 days ago)
He's hot. I'd go there.
Navid Rhythm (21 days ago)
This is basically speed dating in their own culture. You meet and flirt with someone, if you fall for one another you take it further. I guess eventually marriage, with a dowery. Let them practice what they want to, I just wish the women were able to work more.
Holy, holy, holy... I wish all my Slavic brothers peaceful, prosperous and loving 2019... Merry Christmas and happy New Year
EINAR VOLSUNG (21 days ago)
They look like gypsies
James Sylvester (21 days ago)
Good work. I love seeing other cultures. However, I feel sorry for these girls :(
kausik das (21 days ago)
10000 euro LOL..are you serious?
Diana P. (21 days ago)
was i the only one thinking the son who is kinda cute
Warrior King (10 days ago)
Yes, you are the only one thinking that. That guy looked kinda creepy
Jimmy misle (21 days ago)
Are they Gypsies ?
zynna quinn brandino (22 days ago)
interpreter distracts me
Jennifer COLLIER (22 days ago)
I think the older woman is beautiful and i love her headscarf
Zachary Clark (22 days ago)
Tradition to some simply means "Do what your parents tell you to do because you don't want to embarrass the family name." I can't understand it most times. Tradition can be so important in some countries where your life is really not your own.
Steven The Plug (22 days ago)
their eyes are so bulgarian lol . I dated a bulgarian girl and she had the exact same eyes .

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