Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Roman wedding re-enacted at Nikyup, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

Nicopolis ad Istrum Roman City
Bulgaria will witness its 1st Roman wedding at the ancient Roman city Nicopolis ad Istrum The first Roman wedding at the settlement, Nicopolis ad Istrum will be held on Sunday in Bulgaria, Radio FOCUS – Veliko Tarnovo, broadcasted.

The wedding ritual will start at around 4 p.m. The entire ceremony and the wedding festivities will be held in the spirit of the ancient Romans. Although the wedding will observe all the Roman traditions and rituals it will also comply with the legal requirements of the Bulgarian marriage procedure. All guests at the wedding will be dressed in Roman togas. The wedding will start with the dance of the Vestal Virgins, who symbolically clean the Bulgarian house where the wedding ceremony will be held. The couple, which are to wed, will be brought in by their parents. The Mayor of Veliko Turnovo Municipality, Daniel Panov, will play the part of a senator, while a young man will be the pontiff, who will address a series of prayers to Jupiter, Venus and Diana. After the wedding ceremony there will be food and drink for the invited guests, which will be created in accordance with ancient Roman recipes and methodology.

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