At homes coffee is fried in šiš on the weak fire, then hailed and pestled with the hand mills. A teaspoon of coffee is then gently heated in a metal bowl or pot( džezva) for a few seconds and poured with a boiling water almost to the top of the pot. Then stir it and wait for it to rise to the top of the coffee brewing pot to make a fine mousse, remove it from the fire and wait till grout settle down, then add a few drops of cold water. The bottom of the coffee brewing pot must be wider then the top. Then pour coffee into cups(fildžan) and serve on the special coin trays with rahatlokum( Turkish delight) with flavor of rose or with chopped walnuts and a glass of cold spring water.
Bosanska kahva- Zlatna Džezva( the Golden coffeepot), a coffee brand from Vispak, Visoko- Guinness World Record
The biggest coffee pot in the world was first tested in Mostar in 2004, when only a few hours a world record in the "cooking and drinking" 650 liter or 8,000 Bosnian cup of coffee was achieved, which was sufficient for entry into the Guinness Book.
Since then, over three million people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Austria, China, Macedonia and other countries tried Zlatna džezva coffee from the giant coffepot. It was created in the summer of 2004 under the hammer of the master Nasir Jabučar and his assistants from Baščaršija. Dimensions of the giant coffee brewing pot are 125 x 96 cm, and for one charge it takes about 65 kg of coffee.
It is a traditional Bosnian folk dance, where men and women dance together in a group making a ring by holding hands. This vivid dance reflects the nature of our people, known as the Merry Bosnian (Veseli Bosanac).
Last August, late in the afternoon, a parade of folk groups from several countries passed the main street in the old town of Mostar. There were participants from many Bosnian towns, Turkey and others. The only who didn't join other dancers in this late afternoon stroll were Dutch and croatian group. The same evening these folk groups held a dancing show in Blagaj near Mostar.
When traveling around B&H, you may ask yourself, whos part is this one. The easiest way to find out wether the place belong to Muslim, Srebs or Croats is to look at the church and its bell-tower. If the bell-tower is like this one on the picture, it is a catholic church and the place belong to Croats.
Minaret indicate Muslim population, while orthodox church those of the Serbs.
Sometimes you might be confused wheter the church is catholic or orthodox, it is simple, just look at the position of the church's door.Related to:
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There are three religions...
There are three main religions here; Muslim (Bosniaks), Roman Catholic (Croats) and Orthodox (Serbians). When entering in a different temples be as Roman in a Rome, respect their customs.
On the picture you can see an Orthodox Church (Banja Luka).Related to:
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Foreigners' comments about Bosnia
I am from Bosnia & Herzegovina and I have to say I am offended by some comments that some foreigners made about my country.
1.) First of all, the war in Bosnia was NOT a civil war, because Serbia attacked Bosnia when it was already recognised as an independent country.
2.) Smoking pot is NOT legal in Bosnia. If you own a bigger quantity and try to sell it to others, you will get arrested.
3.) No need to even comment this guy who said that shaking hands is rude in Bosnia and that you should grab woman's breasts instead. He wanted to insult us for whatever reason and of course that is not true.
If the troop is small, the pasture is in the close vicinity of the villages and those who tend it are children or aged woman.
Hand-made spinning wool is activity which aged woman practice when tending the troop. This kind of handicraft is an very old tradition in Bosnia, however, it can barely seen around today, only if you're lucky.Related to:
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Sheep-farming is basic activity for the people who live in the mountain regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. For many of them it is the only income they can have here. Since the pasture is of excellent quality, no polution at all, the sheep meat from Bosnia is delicious.Related to:
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Remove your shoes when entering Muslim homes
About 45% of the people in Sarajevo are Muslims and many follow the Muslim custom of removing their shoes upon entering someone's home.
Many Bosnians converted to the Muslim religion to receive tax breaks during the Ottoman Empire (Turkish). After the Turks left, the communist took over. Tito and other communist rulers discouraged religious practices. This helps to explain why Bosnians are called the “Worlds Worst Muslims”…they drink alcohol, eat pork and will go shopping in Vienna long before they choose to visit Mecca.
Although many of the Bosian’s do not follow the Muslim faith many did retain the habit of removing their shoes upon entering their homes and naming their children Muslim names. In addition, the Muslim faith in Bosnia has had a bit of a resurgence since the war. Maybe because Bosnian Muslims were the victims of one of the worst genocide campaigns in recent history....because of the religion!
The money of Bosnia - Herzegovina
The national money in Bosnia - Herzegovina is the Konvertible Marco ( KM ), and its rate of exchange is something about : 1€ = 2 KM
This money is valid only inside the country, so don't forget to exchange it for Euros again before leave the country.
During a few years this country had used the germany Marco as its money, anyway the Germany Marco died when the Euro was born, in 2002. This way, the Bosnian autorities have created its own money, but based in the rate of germany Marco. Here is the reason of the name of Bosnian money - Konvertible Marco.
There many famous mosques in some parts of Bosnia but not all of them are accessible by visitors. Some are just opened in the prayer time to let people get in and closed again after they are out. Mosques are regular functioning places of prayer and visitor hours should be respected while visitng. Taking pictures of people praying can be seen as offensive.
War is the last thing comes to people's mind. After going thorugh a long civil war, what all ethnic groups want is peace. Thouch reconstruction going on still war scars are visbible in most part of the country. Be sensitive taking photos of those war damage.
Arrakia is a local brandy made from plums. The Bosnians all harvest the plums and then make their own supply. Autumn is Arrkia season here. Several guys get together and rent an industrial sized still with which to make the liquid fire.
They take tons of plums and put them in barrels and basically let them rot in water for 21 days. After this amount of time they run them through the still and have instant hooch. Some call it Bosnian Whisky but they all call the still the "Happy Machine."
They all make 100 litres or more of this stuff so that they have a years supply. During the making of it they have parties so it is like a month long Arrakia festival. I will be glad when it is over because I am exhausted from attended night after night of it. OK, I'm lying. It is terriffic fun but is tiring.
This photo is myself and my limey buddy Jerry Field. He is our token Englishman in Bosnia and he and I have become great friends during my year here.Related to:
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Apparition Hill at Medugorje
A few kms east of the town center is the begining of rough paths up the side of Apparition Hill. Stations of the Cross are found on the way up and down. Religious fervor is very evident among the pilgrims as they struggle up the hill. Services are held among the different groups at the Site itself.Related to:
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No shoes, please!
In most homes people remove their shoes before entering. It is a cultural holdover from the time of Turkish rule but is also very practical. The roads and streets are usually muddy or slimy in the winter and dusty in the summer. Most homes have hardwood floors with carpets for padding. This keeps the household from becoming muddy or dirty.
As it is custom you get used to wearing slip on shoes and making sure that you are not wearing socks with holes in them.Related to:
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Cyrillic writings disappearing
As the cyrillic alphabet is identified by the local Moslim population with the Serb aggressors, there are almost no Cyrillic writings in BiH, unless you travel to Republika Sprska (that is part of BiH, anyway) where, on the other hand, everything is written in Cyrillic. Republika Sprska is inhabited only by Serbs and it has a sort of independence inside BiH.Related to:
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