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My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

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An arresting portrait of the lives of Gypsies and Travellers in Britain today, ‘Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ is a rare insight into this fascinating and often misunderstood minority group. Living alongside but detached from mainstream society, this is a community of contrasts where old religious and cultural traditions overlap with the gaudier extravagances of a celebrity and fashion obsessed modern world. From ostentatious holy communions, to the largest weddings on earth, this series explores Gypsy life through their most important celebrations. Often marrying soon after their 16th birthdays, wedding are seen as the biggest day in a travelling girl’s life. The nuptials are a visual spectacle, with the young brides competing to have the biggest, most elaborate dress. However, though their outfits are often provocative and extravert, this is a community of strict traditional values: premarital chastity is expected, having children out of wedlock is taboo and divorce is unheard of. Uncovering the rituals, customs and beliefs held by this remarkable community, this compelling series reveals a community still at odds with a prejudiced world.