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Traditions

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FROM ROMAN TIMES TO THE MIDDLE AGES

The tradition of becoming engaged or betrothed goes back to Roman times.

Back then, the period of betrothal began several years before the wedding, and was marked by the giving of a ring, presents, and a deposit confirming the promise of marriage.

Later, in the Middle Ages, the betrothal was integrated into church ritual, and was seen as a special time during which the future bride and groom could reflect upon the significance of their contract. When the young man asked for the young woman's hand, she wore a garland of daisies while taking time to think it over. And it was not until she decided to change it for a garland of roses that her future husband's proposal was accepted.

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FROM THE 20th CENTURY TO THE PRESENT DAY

In our grandparents' day, the suitor's father used to go to ask the young woman's father for her hand for his son. On that occasion the dowry was discussed and, once agreement was reached, the young woman's family would organise the betrothal and give a big reception. For the young couple, the betrothal period, which lasted for about a year before the wedding, gave them time to get to know each other - in the most honourable sense.

Today, much has changed and yet it is still traditional for the man to be the one who proposes marriage and, according to tradition, the young man must ask the permission of the young woman's father. The father usually gives his consent. After that, the young man proposes to his future bride. On bended knee, he holds out a box with an engagement ring. As an engagement ring, it is customary to give a solitaire.

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