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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! What? Again?! Yes: Merry Christmas!


Hello sweet friends!


You must be wondering "What?!"
Yes: It's CHRISTMAS!
Again. :)

The Serbian Orthodox Church uses the traditional Julian Calendar. From 1900 until 2100, the Julian calendar is 13 days behind the Gregorian and therefore Serbian Christmas Day falls on 7th of January of the Gregorian calendar. Note "Christmas Day" is in fact only the first day of Christmas, as the festival is celebrated for three consecutive days.
The Serbian name for Christmas is Božić.

There are many, complex traditions associated with the Christmas holidays. They are most likely to be seen in their purest form in large, extended families in the country. They slightly vary from place to place.


Absolute "must have" for Christmas Eve:
(don't mind my table cloth)
Dried fruit (plums, apricots and raisins), apples, ranges,
candle light burning between the wheat grass,
straw and oak branch.

The Serbian name for Christmas Eve during the day is Badnji dan. After sunset it becomes Christmas eve -  Badnje veče. On this day the family makes preparations for the oncoming celebration.
The dinner on this day is festive, copious and diverse in foods, although it is prepared in accordance with the rules of fasting. Groups of young people go from house to house, congratulating the holiday, singing, and making performances - all dressed up in their lovely masks.

First day of the holiday is Christmas Day. Today. 
I'm quite looking foreward eating our Christmas "bread" - most unlikely name for the magnificent piece of pastry filled with walnuts, raisins and honey. (unlike the rest of our country, in my region we don't bake a simple bread - we like our elaborate):

Much more pleasing than a plain dry bread.

There's one more thing I'm looking forward: somewhere in that 50x50 centimeter (20 x 20 inches) pastry is a golden coin. If I find it, I'll let you know. :)

Merry Christmas!
♥♥ Pinky Honey

2 comments:

  1. It's beautiful that you get to experience not one, but two Christmases each year. We should all be so lucky! If not in January, then later in the year at least, there should be another similar day that conveys the same optimistic, good will to mankind sort of spirit (Easter comes close in some regards, but is either more silly, for kids, or somber, for adults, that Christmas). Mind you though, I think we need more holidays and reasons to celebrate in general - surely more folks would be in better moods if we did!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Having Christmas two times is amazing.. not only for gift-giving and gift-receiving. Having two Christmases prolongs the period of festivity. I can honestly say we celebrate for almost a month here.
      You are so very true: there's too much of a gap between holidays. Four long months before Easter - and Easter is child-like holiday. There's Valentine's... but, I find it discriminatory on the basis that I'm single. :)

      It doesn't have to be off-work holiday - as long as we get to say "Happy.. something"

      Hug
      Marija

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