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Serbian customs and habits

Every nation has its own customs and tradition. Some are known around the world, and some do not even know the members of that nation. What is important is that every custom and every specialty represents the soul of one nation and no one distinguishes it from the others. Like everyone else, so the Serbian people have their own peculiarities and habits, they are certainly determined by the climate and mentality. We will point out some of the most interesting ones.

1 Slava

 
 

 

Serbs are mostly members of the Orthodox religion. And what is very interesting, related to the Serbian people, and related to Orthodox nations in general, is the celebration of slava. This is unique only for Serbs. The custom of celebrating slava is often taken as a symbol of Orthodoxy and affiliation with Serbian nationality, although numerous scientific observations indicate that this custom’s roots are in the prehistoric layer. According to one of the earliest theories, the celebration of slava is ecclesiastic, Christian custom. The church began to celebrate a certain saint as a protector of the community. As the Christian community grew, the church could no longer bear the cost of the celebration, so that the custom of celebration was transferred to households, first to wealthy families, and then to all homes. According to the second theory, slava is associated with the name of the first baptized ancestor of a particular family. All the theories that link slava with the church, that is, with Christianity, have been rejected for two reasons: first, slava is not known to all Orthodox, and even not to the Balkan Orthodox Christians, and some slavas are celebrated by some Muslims and Catholics.

2 Serbian New Year

 
 

 

The Serbian Orthodox Church marks the New Year on January 14th according to the old, Julian calendar, the service of the moleben, the prayer for god blessed coming year. In addition to the Serbian Orthodox Church, the old calendar is celebrated by the Russian Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem and the monastic community in the Holy Mountain also respect the old calendar. According to folk customs, a solemn dinner is being held on the eve of the New Year, where hosts with the guests, friends and relatives are waiting for midnight with joy and songs. Right at midnight, everyone kisses and congratulates each other on the arrival of the New Year with the longing for a long life, good health and success in business. On the day of the New Year, people go to the church and afterwards they have a festive lunch.

3 Habits

 
 

 

As for the habits, the modern Serbs, although they are struggling to integrate with the West European way of life and thinking, remain emotionally bound to Yugoslavia. The reason for this lies in the fact that the majority of the population grew up in Yugoslavia, where there was no market competition, the standard was high, the job was guaranteed, as well as holidays and wintering. Due to the transition that does not have an end, the Serbs are very nostalgic.

Also, the Serbs are a very conservative people. They hardly change their habits, they are hard to adapt to new things. They decide slowly to change their careers or change their place of residence. Traditionally they are strict towards the young and respectful to the older. They unusually appreciate family and family values. They are very proud of their history and tradition. Young Serbs are not so quick in making important life decisions. They live with parents for a long time, they are slowly looking for a job, and they are hard to decide for marriage and for children.

 
 

 

In the end, do not miss the opportunity to visit Serbia, in addition to a wonderful nightlife that is not different from any European metropolis, there is a very open hospitality. If you travel outside the capital, you will surely be greeted with great love and respect. (check the video above: it is true!!!!)

Written by Konstantin from Serbia

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