Local traditions and culture in Republika Srpska

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    The family feast of the Patron Saint

    by Prasnjavi Written Apr 14, 2005

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    One of the essential characteristics traditional things, which make a difference between Serbs and other Orthodox or other Christians, is “Krsna Slava” (The feast of the Patron Saint), the cult of celebrating the protector of the family. On that day, master of the house, invite Godfather, Godchildren and the family to celebrate together with him and his family. When father died, sons continue to celebrate the same protector. It is always the son and if father has just a daughter(s), they are not continuing than takes husband’s feast.
    The most solemn part of celebration is breaking Feast Bread, and it is beginning with lighting the Feast Candle. After he makes the sign of the cross, master of the house do it. The priest burns incense of the house and sacred the water. With that water, using a small bouquet of basil, he besprinkles all present, and sing a holy song to the Patron and read a pray under “Koljivo” (grinded cooked wheat) which takes the central place on the celebration. Next holy song is to the wheat praying the God to bless it and bless all who will taste it after. Than the priest takes the bread in his left hand and by the right hand blesses it. After that, he turns around the bread and cuts it as a sign of cross. That cross he sprinkles with the red wine. Master of the house, together with his Godfather and the priest, starts to turning the bread around. Members of the family join them singing the holy song. The master of the house and the Godfather cut the bread and kiss it three times.
    I tried to explain you this ceremony. Maybe you understand, maybe no, but it is great honor if someone invites you on the ceremony. That three things (bread, candle and wheat) are important for the ceremony and after it, people use to serve the lunch as best as they can.
    Until the candle is lighting the master of the house has no right to sit down. It means that he has to serves the guests all the time.
    My Krsna Slava is Saint George (6th May by new calendar).

    The Feast Bread

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    The churches - in side

    by Prasnjavi Written Apr 14, 2005

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    You will see a lot of churches in my travelogues. Why? Every Orthodox church is piece of art in side. They are beautiful painted and decorated.

    In side of St Basil Monastery, Bijeljina

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    Lighting a candles

    by Prasnjavi Written Apr 14, 2005

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    When we are going to a church, we use to light a candle(s) for live and dead. There are places in or out of a church. We’re lighting them up for live and down for dead people.

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