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A Typical Wedding in Banat, Serbia

As late as the 1920's, the custom of using a marriage broker was preserved in Banat. The broker was usually a relative or close friend of the prospective bridegroom.

In the late fall, when the harvest was in, the broker called on the prospective bride's parents. Since the visit had been announced in advance, the girl's parents prepared a formal welcome for the broker, with plum brandy, a special flat bread, and cheese. They first discuss everyday topics, and tell jokes to establish a cordial atmosphere. Gradually the broker leads the conversation around to the bridegroom and his family, praises them, and announces the real purpose of his ...

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