Wedding ceremonies around the world offer a colorful lens through which to view a country and its people.
In Bulgaria, despite its many years as a communist regime in which religion was not tolerated, Muslims hold festive winter marriage cermonies (#1).
In India, Jordan, Japan, and China (#10, #11, #16), to name a few, some marriage cermonies are held as mass events in order to reduce costs.
Some ceremonies aim for the extremes — even underwater (#4) — while others gracefully carry on a tradition despite years of violence (#2, #5).
And while some fight for their right to marry (#18), others have achieved it after years of stuggle (#17).
From PlanetPic, this is "How the World Gets Married In Photos."