Photo of the Day

a bride preparing for a wedding in Kosovo
December 14, 2013

Bride, Kosovo

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images A tradition a thousand years old, passed on to generations in today's remote Donje Ljubinje in the Zhupa area in south Kosovo. Today, this tradition is at the verge of extinction, as only a 65-year-old lady continues preparing young brides according to their traditions. The bride's face is painted in many beautiful layers of color. Three golden circles symbolizing the cycles of life are tied to one another by the golden roads that one crosses over their lifetime. The inner red circles are symbols of fertility, where red and blue dots are born from, and the whole face is covered by them, wishing her a healthy and happy family. (This photo and caption were submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest.) See all 2012 contest entries » Browse galleries of our editors' favorites from this year's contest »
Photograph by Nita Zeqiri

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