National Geographic : 2008 Mar
PHOTO JO URNAL I NIGEL DICKINSON Their houses immaculate, the voluminous skirts that anchor their wardrobes topped by lavishly embellished blouses, Romani women in Helsinki celebrate Mother's Day with tea and cakes. Among Finland's estimated 10,000 Romanis, there is "pride in being Finnish," Dickinson says, "but also determination to preserve their own traditions." With a bare-chested display of body art and cultural flexibility, Serbian Romanis gather in a Belgrade home for a Christmas feast that includes chicken for Muslim family members and pork for Orthodox Christians. The abun dance of the holiday table signifies the well being that hosts and guests all hope to share in the new year.