Local traditions and culture in Republika Srpska

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    Kolo

    by Odiseya Updated Nov 9, 2014

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    Kolo (Cyrillic: коло) is popular collective folk dance. It is part of many Slavic cultures. There is various styles of dance.

    Preservation of folk dance is part of our heritage and is popularized by folk dance ensembles. Interesting is that kolo is part of everyday social meetings such as weddings and any other type of celebrations.

    Kolo in Doboj Kolo in Doboj
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    New years celebration

    by Odiseya Written Aug 17, 2014

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    Winter here is not always followed with snow and snowing activity but there is plenty of holidays that always make this season very attractive for visitors. In fact, I considered this time of years to be most cheerful in year, dispute all odds.

    Period of winter holidays in Republika Srpska are festive days but here it start about middle December till middle of January following year.
    Why? Since most of Doboj 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. But maybe even better is on 13th January. Center of every bigger place is illuminated by holidays decoration and often on very end of New Year (both times) are a big musical manifestation and fireworks. Truth is that economic crisis caused limitation in public celebration of important dates.

    Doboj is still one of rare towns besides Banja Luka that still have a two New Year celebration in January. For that purpose local government closed main squares or/and some parts of main street where is take part big concerts. There was rich musical program for both of celebrations.
    Besides that many people take part in smaller arranges parties in local cafes and restaurants and youth prefer inside party on their home.

    Besides New years celebration don't forget any Christmas celebration (Orthodox and Catholic) and in that time, besides religious part there is also and social events.
    There is also many other important (religious and national) dates that are followed with some kind of public ceremony such as St. Stefan or Day of Republika Srpska.

    So, if you passing trough Republika Srpska in that period you may expect to have a nice time.

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    "The Housekeeper"

    by Prasnjavi Written Apr 20, 2006

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    "The Housekeeper" is the first coloured egg. Mostly the red one. People keep it a year, until the next Easter. It is usual to colour eggs on the Great Friday before dawn. The most beautiful eggs are first drawn with wax then coloured in paint. It makes beautiful drawing on it.

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    Pecenica

    by Prasnjavi Updated Apr 14, 2005

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    The "pecenica" is something probably left from pagan times. Two mornings before the Christmas, on “Tucindan” we make "pecenica" on traditional way and eat in for Christmas breakfast. It is mostly a small pig but it could be a lamb too.
    Very tasty.

    Pecenica

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    Rakija!!!

    by Prasnjavi Updated Apr 14, 2005

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    Rakija is Serbian brand, the national drink. It is made mostly from plumbs (“Sljivovica”) but there, is also, made from peers (“Kruskovaca” and “Vilijamovka”, apples (“Jabukovaca”), apricot (“Kajsijevaca”), quince (“Dunjevaca”)… You can buy in the shops industrial but the real experience is to drink the home made one.
    Be careful. It is very strong, sometime more than 50%.

    Tradition way of prepiring rakija

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    Newspapers

    by Prasnjavi Written Apr 14, 2005

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    Although there are two daily and several weekly newspapers in Republic of Srpska, everyone use to read newspapers from Serbia and Montenegro, especially “Vecernje novosti”, “Blic”, “Politika”, “Nin” and “Vreme” and everybody trusts them. Some of them has specialized parts for Republic of Srpska with news from it.

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    Fans

    by Prasnjavi Written Apr 14, 2005

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    Even Bosnia and Herzegovina has its own leagues in almost sport, you will not found anyone supporting Bosnia and Herzegovina’s team. Especially the “National team”. Although, “Leotar” from Trebinje, Republic of Srpska, was the first Champion of common league of Bosnia and Herzegovina, each is fan of some Serbian team especially “Crvena Zvezda” (“Red Star”) and “Partizan” (“Partisan”). Everyone supports National team of Serbia and Montenegro and if they are playing against any Bosnia and Herzegovina National team, you’ll see a lot of supporters from Republic of Srpska singing songs, holding flags and support Serbia and Montenegro. As always, it mostly could be seen on football matches.

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    The obstinacy

    by Prasnjavi Written Apr 14, 2005

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    As everybody looks for Radovan Karadzic for, as I said, something very disputable, people in Srpska use to ware T-shirts with his portrait or provocative and funny writings as this one. It is some kind of protest because of man-hunt.
    The guy wars T-shirt with writing:

    SERBIAN HERO – DO NOT TOUCH HIM!

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    Sense of humor

    by Prasnjavi Written Apr 14, 2005

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    As everybody looks for Radovan Karadzic, the establisher of Republic of Srpska and its first President, for, hmmm, something very disputable, people in Srpska use to ware T-shirts with his portrait or provocative and funny writings as this one:

    “WE ALL KNOW BUT WE DON’T WANT TO GIVE HIM”

    The T-shirt

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    To be a Godfather

    by Prasnjavi Written Apr 14, 2005

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    To be a Godfather is really something honour here. We use to say: "God in the Heaven, Godfather on the land". Godfather is NEVER a member of the family. Some family has Godfather from the other family for years.

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    "We will do it easily..."

    by Prasnjavi Written Apr 14, 2005

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    If you come for a business trip don't be wonder if you business partner tell you "We will do it easily, let's go eat something first". It's the tradition here. Whole social, business, cultural and, why not, love life are happening here in coffee bars and restaurants. Simply, we love to eat and drink and there we feel "like a fish in a river".

    Prijatno i ziveli! (Bon Appetite and cheers)

    Mmmmmmm!

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    Three!

    by Prasnjavi Written Apr 14, 2005

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    Be careful, both men and women show their affection with three kisses on the alternate cheeks. Otherwise, someone will tell you: "God helps three times". Three is, in some way, national sign. All people in the World show two fingers as the sign of victory, we use to show three.

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    Look at in the eyes when you are toasting!

    by Prasnjavi Written Apr 14, 2005

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    When you drink, doesn't matter what but especially alcohol drink, and you want to toast, obligatory look at right in the eyes. It's tradition and a sign of respect. Otherwise, they will think that you minimize thing you toasting to and tell you: “Look at me in the eyes”!

    Zivili!

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    Smoking, everywhere!

    by Prasnjavi Written Apr 14, 2005

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    OK, not everywhere. In state institutions is forbidden but everywhere else you can light a cigarette. Even, people walk and smoke. It is ours national sport, too. Obligatory, offer the other with a cigarette.

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    Paying the bills

    by Prasnjavi Written Apr 14, 2005

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    Don’t be surprised if someone call you for a lunch or dinner and pay all. It’s a custom here. Even if their salaries are too small, people won't let their guests to pay anything. They don’t pay they bills separately even if they see each other for a first time. To pay just what you had for a drink or food?

    FORGET IT!

    My Godchild is paying the bill

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