Yes, they did have special costumes for ceremonies such as bodypaintings.These were used on annual dates (like what we call Christmas)
CeremoniesThere are threemain ceremonieswhere theNumbulwar peoplelive.There is theMardayin ceremony, Ngarrag and theYalkawaruceremony.These are celebratedregularly and aregreatly considered.
The YalkawaruCeremony For ceremonies the men are painted in white designs and bits of cotton wool. These days, the cotton wool is pasted on by painting the body in sugar water. During the Yalkawaru people ceremony, paperbark headdresses are worn and the ceremony closes by dancing around a pole that represents the deceased.
The Mardayin Ceremony This is one of theother ceremoniescelebrated by theArnhem landpeople. On theright you can seethe picture of theMardayinCeremony.They are dancingaround the pole.
The NgarragCeremonyLast but not least, the Ngarragceremony.This is probably the mostserious ceremony, but it is stillfun.The everyone including thechildren are invited to join thisceremony.Everybody dances in thesea, washing off the ochre andclay that were ritually painted.They are painted by the eachother and these paintingsrepresent a time in thedreamtime.This is the same as theMardayin Ceremony.