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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 And how is the outdated ritual affected by the Internet and social media?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 (5 months ago)
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Mary Lai (1 month ago)
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An Tran (1 month ago)
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Dallan Labrum (1 month 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.
DW Documentary This is so sexist! they are buying and selling women just like European settlers bought and sold black Africans. This os not okay.
Malignus Totalis (2 months ago)
Capitalist working for you, in a previous communist country, how this transaction were conducted in the past? Since Bulgaria was a communist country?
Matt Chirip (15 hours ago)
I understand tradition, but this is disturbing. I respect it if girls and guys are on the same page, but I have a real hard time believing that is the case even 50% of the time
Matthew Sandoval (20 hours ago)
Isn't it dat way still now all over the world
Dainelle Lewis (23 hours ago)
Tradition seems to be more like gossip and shame upon a family's name if not followed
Dainelle Lewis (23 hours ago)
Husband is a comedian
Dainelle Lewis (23 hours ago)
French toast!! Yessssssssssssss
Adriana Biovilage (1 day ago)
Woww.....every day learn something💁
Nadia X (1 day ago)
Aries Mars (1 day ago)
I like this life style .
Aries Mars (1 day ago)
They life, look like so hard. But i like they style.everything they do by they self.
Vasileios Antoniadis (2 days ago)
7:26 Found her dress 21:44 Nope...
Ryan Chicko (2 days ago)
cute girl.
Shabnam Toppo (2 days ago)
Why does it sound like achara's voice..😀😃
Shaina Simon (2 days ago)
Stephenr Raible (3 days ago)
They just want the children to keep the men the only one that's matters in the clan nothing to do with tradition they are just scared of women
Thomas Richard (3 days ago)
'World Without Borders?" Run!
wadafik (3 days ago)
The parents are adorable!
Ciara Hice (3 days ago)
I would love to do these girls makeup! They’re beautiful and I love enhancing natural beauty lol
Ena Salama (4 days ago)
I do understand their culture, it's not like they sell their daughters but actually protect them and marry them off with a value. For the people in the comments, in America the women are so cheap, you just buy them a drink and get them into bed... And if you want to deny that, just watch movies and tv shows.
Sahil Khan (4 days ago)
Mashallah awesome
Billy C (5 days ago)
Oh brother these old fashion tradition is ridiculous , Time have evolve and traditions have to evolve too. Just marrying in your own tribe will on limit your option. Crazy tradition .
sOraL nEoG (6 days ago)
i want a foreign country girl.... hope i find her soon
Zina Garnier (6 days ago)
the way it all went it looks like there is WHOLE year of more Virginity....😂😂😂
Market for girlfriends? xD
Skip Wellington (6 days ago)
The blushing brides look like prostitutes, but that doesn't mean they are. That's a very important distinction to consider.
Anthony Ray (6 days ago)
So this is were mario n Luigi are from.....awesome
Soleil Jaan (6 days ago)
The dad is a savage
Sam Thuttamoosh (6 days ago)
I love this guy with the mustache
Dennis Inkwa (7 days ago)
The old man is low-key hunting at the market!
Xaris (7 days ago)
Roma Roma Roma... these are gipsies. G I P S I E S. There is no such term as "Roma". This was created by western European leftists taken out of a gipsy word for "human" - and the word is Loma not Roma, LLLLLLLLLLoma. I hate leftism.
Thomas McCullough (7 days ago)
A pretty girl.
Danvil (7 days ago)
Fakebook kills everything in its drive for conformity.
I would rather see this properly translated because what I know of the Roma tradition is they don't sell there daughters it's most likely some kind of event where young Roma meet and may marry
Acala (7 days ago)
yeah , they just haven't learned how not to give a fuck about other people...
Roco Roco (7 days ago)
your clans only that big..... wont at some point you'll be marrying your cousins......
jam34786 (7 days ago)
I thought Super Mario was Italian.... 🤔
Anttics (7 days ago)
very exotic looking people. I would not be surprise, if the next Miss Universe. lives in one of those poor villages.
Roberto (7 days ago)
I’m a Roma born in Hungary and watching this makes me sick . How stupid a man has to be following a rule or culture made 100 years ago . Back than there was no other way , no place to go for young girl to meet with same age group . It’s sad to see most Roma (Gypsies) are categorized out of these people . This is the 1%
Cody Williams (7 days ago)
The older I get, the more this makes sense.
Edwin Matara (7 days ago)
If I was there I would buy the girl
Sarita Kmri (7 days ago)
Best culture...i like it...girls remain really save n secure under parents n husband..girls whu r modern...simply keep on running after boys and end up being used by numerous boys...who just used n pregnant them...so i think this tradition should follow all over the world
Joss Nez (8 days ago)
Throw you out?? .. damm babi, You can stay with me
The Golden Hordes (8 days ago)
the girl has perfect skin. beautiful olive color. and what does she do? puts a ton of white powder on it making herself look pale like she's sick. and wait until she dances, sweats and the white begins to roll down her face leaving sweat trails... so stupid
The dad's a misogynistic ass. I'm surprised his wife didn't beat the crap out of him after his fat ass called her as big as a barn. Obviously the men in this family never were taught how to respect women. I mean the comments the son made about how he likes girls to wear their skirts made my skin crawl a little.
Legendary Weapon (8 days ago)
Wonder how they save cash when 80% don't work.
Bhavesh Raj Singh (8 days ago)
Saying wife 'You are as wide as a barn door' is so offensive even if she is of some 1000 Tons ! Loool
Vara Lakshmi (8 days ago)
Interesting ...
Muzamil Wali (8 days ago)
I wanna come Bulgaria
brad starkey (8 days ago)
Tannie Im Welder and a Alaskan fisherman Great hard work like no other the money is top notch... Big bucks this trade is hard and you can work all over the World..
ventolin63 (8 days ago)
21:16 brunette with blue eyes on the left, guys...
without looking at the subject much and skipping half of it, i realized those are gypsies, and gypsies roots are going to india. Bulgarians are Slavic and look totally different.
Mike Johnson (8 days ago)
Hello my name a Borat
Haj S (8 days ago)
Omgd, insane but part of some people's reality.
kaka edit (8 days ago)
The guys are pretty hot😂
Vidal J (8 days ago)
Yoooooooo I saw a few I'd like to order lol
Yourdailytrending ' (9 days ago)
In Afghanistan same shit white skin hahaha
lourlin albos (9 days ago)
sick tradition
Steve B (9 days ago)
Maria is on her way to fatness
Saru Pandey (9 days ago)
she is so happy to be sold
OGskunkMASTA (9 days ago)
was that man using lead to fix a pot they eat out of?? 😐😐😐
Zeroskator1 Wanted (9 days ago)
Shes got a decent rack going for her.
rodneyclooney1 (9 days ago)
Kalaigy..or kalaiwala in india...lolz
TheHasanMurat (9 days ago)
Eric Ruiz (9 days ago)
I would marry Maria she's cute I don't know if she would want to live in America cuz I would not live where she's at I'm too used to being in America
mc puffy (9 days ago)
Would this be considered linebreeding? Since they marry within the clan and all.
Heel Haseeb (9 days ago)
Except these bride markets, I love this culture. What a beautiful country.
Keshav sing (10 days ago)
Deep Ace (10 days ago)
So beautiful and sexy
babar baloch (10 days ago)
I also want to buy some 😂😂😂😂
Jim Ellison (10 days ago)
GREAT VIDEO................
Dario DMage (10 days ago)
I’m from Bulgaria and I didn’t even know that goes on. It is worth mentioning that they are gypsies and have a different culture.
Mr. Factz (10 days ago)
It’s crazy to see how other cultures live out their lives compared to Americans.
Nikola Tesla (10 days ago)
My parents almost threw me out for not going to a disco until 3am in the morning. Boy, we do have really different experience.
Kostadin Zhelev (10 days ago)
First of all dont imagine Bulgaria is like this , its only in the low income villages in the mountains that gypsies live , roma are gypsies
underlordd (11 days ago)
This makes me embarrassed to be a Bulgarian.
gunnerstall05 (11 days ago)
Refuse to change with the times. That's why you're all poor with low IQ. Plus "roma" really means gypsy. And gypsy's can't be trusted.
Chidubem NWIGWE (11 days ago)
The Biker Mice From Mars came from the future to stop the event.
jokes onyou (11 days ago)
Maria better work on them love handles and muffin top if she wants to catch a rich husband. She is going to blow up after her first kid. Just look at the aunt.
Fred Frederick (11 days ago)
so they're making themselves genetically inferior, by limiting themselves to a dating pool with a 80% employment rate. wow. they should be happy about outsiders.
Oscar Hernandez (11 days ago)
But can she grill a nasty Bologna and cheese sandwich 🤔
Ana Feliciano (11 days ago)
My soul is so independent and rebellious, I would probably get killed, or "dishonored". I am so glad of the freedom to study, work and have a reputation not based on a husband. I do have a husband but he is the most loving, amazing, caring man on earth! Perfect for me!
Bswank Done (11 days ago)
you don't like the customs, leave and move somewhere else!
Chaz Ali (11 days ago)
Women have a price tag in Western cultures too. Any divorced man can tell you that. I can’t believe any man anywhere doesn’t know the price tag of any woman he dated anyway. The Gypsies are just honest and upfront about it.
Joe Powell (12 days ago)
Girl is beautiful I would date her lol
VAcreeper2000 (12 days ago)
Maria’s dads mustache game is on 💯
Benjamin Niêm (12 days ago)
A clan never meant to leave the country.
John Macintosh (12 days ago)
Really beautiful women. Interesting that virginity is so important in some cultures/traditions and western society it does not matter
Hugo Solis (12 days ago)
What a disgrace to let other people run over your only life. I understand tradition but wake the hell up women.
Mouza Ny (12 days ago)
My only question what does they use for their long thick hair
Romzy Hol (12 days ago)
"Tradition" is the WORST word/excuse on the bloody planet.  "We've always done it this way" is the scariest phrase.  Murder, rape, circumcision, cannibalism, torture, child marriage/sexual exploitation, are all "traditions" that in no way makes it right.
light ryuzaki (12 days ago)
I think this is better than kidnapping a girl in Kyrgyzstan
Dario Di Cristina (12 days ago)
Great little documentary, thoroughly enjoyable. Shame that as usual there’s people who have to make everything about race. There’s nothing wrong with people trying to preserve their traditions
Alex •n00b (12 days ago)
I am so embarrassed 😖 Bulgaria is a total failure...and yes I am embarrassed, because I am native bulgarian. No work, no money...you work for 10 Euro per day! *hell* I'm happy I left Bulgaria, no regrets.
Love Quotes (13 days ago)
Seriously? This is so mean towards girls. They're human not materials.
Gurinder Singh (13 days ago)
In India, the bride's family pays the groom dowry instead of other way around like in Bulgaria!
MrTerror923 (13 days ago)
someone needs to tell that guy that there is a furry caterpillar on his upper mouth.
Thalia DaCosta (13 days ago)
I love cultural docs like this!!!!
mahmud milky (13 days ago)
I respect the culture of every nation. However, I do not feel good about it in my mind. & After completing my college studies, I will go to Bulgaria only for visiting.😇
David Golay (13 days ago)
this should be stopped.
ProudCroatian (13 days ago)

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