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Anxiety Filled Moment for Afghan Bride and Groom During the Lifting of the Veil

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Afghan bride wearing a white decorated traditional Burqa in northern Afghanistan. (Photo: REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)

In many places around the world, the wedding season kicks off in June.

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And one of the key moments of the ceremony is the lifting of the veil, a custom that dates back to an ancient ritual when the bride is presented to the groom for his approval.

In Afghanistan, where a groom may be seeing the face of his future wife for the first time, it is anxiety filled. Gregory Warner reports.

This report was produced by Bending Borders, with support from PRX, and the Open Society Foundations.