Banja Luka Local Customs

  • Happy holiday, Banja Luka!
    Happy holiday, Banja Luka!
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  • Starica prede vunu
    Starica prede vunu
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  • New Year atmosphere in Banja Luka
    New Year atmosphere in Banja Luka
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    New Year atmosphere in Banja Luka

    by Odiseya Written Jan 4, 2014
    New Year atmosphere in Banja Luka
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    Period of winter holidays in Banja Luka are festive days but here it start about middle December till middle of January following year. Why? Since most of Banja Lukas inhabitants are Christian Orthodox and the Serbian Orthodox Church follow old Julian calendar. That means that all official holidays are 13 days later then official international Gregorian calendar. In fact, New Year fest here is 13th January and Christmas is on 7th January. Official international New Year celebration on 31th December is still a great celebration. Center of Banja Luka is very illunimated by holidays decoration and on very end of New Year (both times) are a big musical manifestation and fireworks.

    Due to specific tradition and fest in January and December there is all over center a specific small stands with decoration.
    New this year (2013-2014) that Banja Luka embrace a mainly western tradition about Christmas fairs. Here it call "Zimzograd" (literary translation is "winter city"). Not like a fair in Vienna of course, but the square of Krajina is gain a specific look from 15th December 2013 and it will last till 15th December 2014. I enjoy in my visit the "Winter city" and I hope it will become a tradition and I hope it will grove and expand all over country.
    So, enjoy in long holidays season in Banja Luka.

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    Day of Banja Luka

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 25, 2013
    Happy holiday, Banja Luka!

    Banja Luka have a many official holidays and celebration but one date have a special attention of local government, locals and visitors. That date is 22th April. On that date in 1945 Banja Luka was completely liberated after occupation in WWII.

    During World War II, Banja Luka was the 1941st occupied by the German army, and he entered into the composition of the Independent Croatian State. At the same time the city became one of the main centers of partisan resistance to 22nd April 1945th the city was completely liberated.

    This celebration take several day and it have a rich cultural program. Events are promotion of cultural, spiritual, sporting, scientific and achievements and results of our fellow citizens and institutions.

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    Use only national currency

    by Odiseya Written Dec 30, 2012

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    Exchange office

    In every store in Bosnia and Herzegovina in use is only national currency call Convertible Mark abbreviation KM (Serbian Cyrillic: Конвертабилна марка, read: Konvertabilna marka).

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    We understand each other, no?!

    by Odiseya Written Dec 27, 2012

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    Like TV, no problem?! Here is in use a subtitles. So, this is good opportunity to even start learn Serbian language, subtitles help me to learn English.
    All international films are in their original language and subtitled in the local language except those that are aimed for children in which case they are dubbed in the local language.

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    Hand-made wool

    by croisbeauty Written Nov 12, 2004

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    Starica prede vunu

    Hand-made spinning wool is an very old tradition in Bosnia. Unfortunately, this kind of handicraft barely can be seen in today's Bosnia. I was lucky, in occasion of a business trip to Kneževo nearby Banja Luka I saw this old lady and she proudly posed me for a picture.

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    The girl in the park

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    Djevojka u parku

    The statue of the girl stands in the central park of the city, right opposite to the castle. I know nothing about this monument, however, it remind me on the fact that the city of Banja Luka is crowded with the beautiful and very attractive girls. When strolling around you'll notice it by yourself.

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    Coffee in Gospodska Street

    by Prasnjavi Updated Mar 11, 2004

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    Having a coffee in some of very nice coffee bars in main, Gospodska Street is tradition here. It is pedestrian zone passing by Banski Dvor, National Bank, City Hall and Church of Holy Trinity. You can have your coffee and enjoy watching beautiful women passing by.

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    The architecture of our town...

    by queensali Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The architecture of our town is unique, because it stems from so many eras. This is also evident in usage. For instance, the Banski Dvori is a general institution building, but also contains a wide spectrum of workshops and multi-media programs. This is not just a place of cultural-art events (concerts, exhibitions, literature nights), but is also a place of many social, scientific, economic and tourist manifestations. An exhibitions saloon, Big Hall, City Hall, the Solemn Saloon, its design-centre, and the Parliament/President's Office, are located in 'Banski Dvori'.

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    Cyrillic alphabet

    by Odiseya Updated Nov 29, 2013

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    Serbian Cyrillic alphabet is officially in use in Republika Srpska. That often confuse many visitors of city. Good news is that all official sign are written in Serbian Cyrillic and English Latin.

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    Tipping

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 27, 2012
    In cafe bar

    Usually people don't leave tip in Banja Luka, but they give sometime a reward of about 10% for good service in restaurant or bar.

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Banja Luka looks almost like a small town from Central Europe. After devastage earthquake (1969) city develops in modern city with specific cultural mix of culture of South Slavic (especialy...

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