In preparation, the men spend hours applying make-up to highlight their facial gestures. A pale yellow powder applied to the entire face offers a beautiful and striking contrast to a man's otherwise dark skin. Kohl drawn around the eyes and lips draws attention to their white, gnashing teeth and rolling eyes during the dance. A painted white line, which starts at the forehead and ends at the chin, serves to elongate the nose.
"Man in the mirror"
At a second dance called the gerewol(for which the festival is named), the men are judged purely on their physical beauty. For this dance, they shave their foreheads, paint their faces with red ochre (iron oxide), dress their hair with ostrich feathers and cowrie shells, and decorate their chests with criss-cross patterns of white beads.
A bride stays with her husband until she becomes pregnant after which she returns to her mother's home, where she will remain for the next three to four years. She will deliver the baby at her mother's home and then she becomes a boofeydo which literally means, "someone who has committed an error."