Painted Sheep, Bulgaria [REUTERS 2005-11-28]
A Bulgarian Muslim man carries a painted ram on his back as a present for a newly-married couple during their wedding ceremony in the village of Ribnovo, in the Rhodope Mountains, some 210 km (130 miles) south of Sofia, November 27, 2005. Every winter season the residents of the alpine village participate in unique wedding ceremonies. The ancient tradition includes special colourful make-up for the bride called 'ghelina'. Picture taken November 27, 2005.