Banja Luka Local Customs

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    Hand-made wool

    by croisbeauty Written Nov 12, 2004

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    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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    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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    New Year atmosphere in Banja Luka

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 28, 2014

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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 31 December is still a great celebration. Center of Banja Luka is very illuminated 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.

    Last year (2013) that Banja Luka official set trend of embracing 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 this year and I am glad that become a tradition and it is expand all over country (fist and only in Teslić).

    So, enjoy in long holidays season in Banja Luka.

    Banja Luka at night New Year atmosphere in Banja Luka Zimzograd
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    We understand each other, no?!

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 6, 2014

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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.

    And cinema too is subtitle and you won’t be limited for current blockbusters.

    Mostly TV shows that here is predominately on English. Mostly sitcoms are from USA, but you can enjoy in telenoveles form Central and South America, TV series from Turkey and India. You could enjoy in classic English humor and popular movies.

    Music is various locals and popular worlds music.

    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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    Use only national currency

    by Odiseya Written Dec 30, 2012

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    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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    Working hours during winter holidays

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 28, 2014

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    Winter is time of biggest celebration and interesting cultural events and manifestation. This is also and time of official public holidays and that is also and non-working days.

    Usually there is limitation of working hours for restaurants and cafes and even night clubs.
    There is officially permitting of city major and local Assembly that working hours of all restaurants, clubs, pubs and cafes in the city can work longer than the hours prescribed by the decision of the city, until 14 January 2015.

    Note for visitors of Banja Luka in January 2015:
    - on 1st, 2nd, 7th and 14th January - restaurants and cafes can work limitless,
    - rest of days till 14th January (except on days wrote previous) - restaurants and cafes can work one hours later then usually,
    - on 9th January (St. Stephan Day or Day of Republika Srpska) butcher shops can work from 8 am till 13 pm and flower shops from 8 am till 8 pm and discount stores from 8 am till noon.

    Happy holidays!

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    Ascension Day

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 6, 2014

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    Patron Saint of Banja Luka is Ascension Day (Serbian Cyrillic: Спасовдан, read: Spasovdan). This holiday take place 40 days after Orthodox Easter.

    Ascension Day is important holiday for Banja Luka and big public celebration.

    The public celebration starts with Holy Liturgy that was held in Christ the Savior Cathedral church in heart of City. It was held by leading bishop, with the help of numerous clergy of the Diocese of Banja Luka.
    After the Holly Liturgy, witch is attended by officials of the city, and many of the faithful and citizens of Banja Luka, is consecrated Slava grain and cake. Then followed the Ascension Day procession. That custom is official started here in 2010. Procession walk around church three times.

    This celebration jointly organized the City authority and Serbian Orthodox parish and church community of Banja Luka.

    Ascension Day is also main fest of Christ the Savior Cathedral church.

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    Day of Banja Luka

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 25, 2013

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    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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    Tipping

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 6, 2014

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    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.

    It is not obligatory custom to tipping. Mostly, all cafes are friendly places and it is up to you and your good manners to stay like that. We all will be grateful if we leave place clean and in peace instead of more money.

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    Light a candle at Safikada's Tomb

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 14, 2014

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    I heard about this legend and custom from my uncle who went to high school here before Banja Luka earthquake (1969).

    Safikada's Tomb is place where lovers let's light a candle in her memory to show love to each other.

    This place is located near city bridge Patria, next to Ferhadija mosque and across street from second enter to Kastel fortress.

    Safikada is Banja Luka's "Juliet". One of many worlds heartbreaking stories.

    There is many variation of this story about this forbidden love that I find out. On plaque you will read popular version.
    Safikada, nice Muslim girl felt in love with an Austria-Hungarian soldier (enemy) and they pledge their undying love for one another.
    When she find out that he died on some European battlefield she was devastated.
    Safikada is in the most beautiful wedding outfits hurried in front of cannon from Kastel fortress, which is signified noon every day, and so went to their deaths and to be forever with their loved ones.

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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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    The girl in the park

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    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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    City of Banja Luka

    by Odiseya Written Dec 31, 2014

    Banja Luka is second largest City in Bosnia and Herzegovina (after Sarajevo). Banja Luka is also and biggest city in Republika Srpska, one of two entity in country.

    Today is administrative, cultural, economic center and a official capital of Republika Srpska, one of two entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Banja Luka is the centre of the government for the Municipality of Banja Luka.

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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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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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