Bulgaria is proud of many centuries of consistent cultural celebrations, including time-tested traditions of marriage. True, the practical reason for some ancient Bulgarian wedding traditions is not so clear — for example, the bride throws a dish over her head that’s filled with wheat, coins and a raw egg, hoping it will smash to many pieces to somehow grant them luck — but some do have meaning. Even in ancient times Bulgarian weddings required consent of the bride, which was not true in all cultures. Tradition dictates that a prospective groom would not ask his intended father-in-law’s permission to marry his daughter directly, but would send his closest friend to ask instead. If the father agreed he would ask his daughter three times if she agreed. If so, the engagement would move forward.