Republika Srpska 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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Republika Srpska Local Customs

  • "The Housekeeper"

    "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

    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.

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  • Rakija!!!

    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,...

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  • Newspapers

    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

    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”...

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  • The obstinacy

    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

    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”

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  • The churches - in side

    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.

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  • To be a Godfather

    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..."

    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...

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  • Three!

    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...

    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”!

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  • Smoking, everywhere!

    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

    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!

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  • Lighting a candles

    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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  • Home altar

    As everything here is in the sign of “three”, almost every home here has altar with three icons. One is, always, of the Patron Saint and the rest are, mostly, Jesus and Holy Virgin. It is always on the eastern wall in the house.I have Saint George on the top, triptych which is about 300 hundred years in my family, and a small icon of Jesus which my...

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  • Orthodox New Year

    Our church, Serbian Orthodox Church, didn't accept the New calendar and we celebrate New Year on, hm, and yours 13/14th January by “yours” calendar. We call it “Serbian New Year”.The central celebration party is always on the Republic Square with lot of popular musicians, trumpeters, fireworks, hot "Rakija" (home made plum brandy) and hot red...

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  • The family feast of the Patron Saint

    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...

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