“Serbian Slava” in the Recidence of Princess Ljubica

“Serbian Slava” in the Recidence of Princess Ljubica

New Tourist Tour “Serbian Slava” in the Recidence of Princess Ljubica

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Tourist Organization of Belgrade and Museum of the City of Belgrade are introducing new tourist tour “Serbian Slava” created to popularize Serbian tradition and intangible heritage. In 2014 Slava have been included on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

This program was designed to present a family feast – Patron Saint’s Day celebrated in orthodox families (In Serbian language Slava) and Slava of the City of Belgrade – Spasovdan.  The presentation of this centuries old custom within the family life of Serbs is based on explanation of tradition, demonstration of the customs and vivid interaction with guests.

Starting from 4th of August, „Serbian Slava“ will be performed every Sunday at 14h in the Residence of Princess Ljubica, the 19th century historic building, the former home of Princess Ljubica Obrenovic which now belongs to the Museum of the City of Belgrade. Gueast will be served with Slava wheat, homemade cokies and coffee while the host explanes all the features and symbols of Slava ritual.

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Origin of Customs

The origin of Slava has not been fully clarified till today.  In science, there is opinion that the tradition originated on the Balkan Peninsula since the time of the paganism and that in the Serbian medieval state, by the spread of Christianity, only received a new form. The Serbs, as a pagan nation, were respecting the supreme god Perun, and each home had its own "homeland" god.  By receiving Christianity, the host of the house would take the name of the saint on whose day he was baptized, to become the protector of his home.  Since then, he has celebrated that day every year, he would express a special attitude towards the family saint, and his family would continue to celebrate it after his death.

Slava, as a church feast within the family, was founded by the first Serbian archbishop Saint Sava, at the very beginning of the 13th century.  The celebration of Slava has remained the only uninterrupted tradition among the Serbs since the time of transfer into Christianity until today.  It was passed down from one generation to the next, only orally, and was preserved as the greatest holy day of our people.  Traditionally, the Slava is passed down from father to son, and when there is no male successor, the son in law assumes the role of host.  The girls, when they get married, start to celebrate the husband's Slava.  


The Basic Features and Symbols of Slava Ritual

Preparing and celebrating Slava is a very complex ritual, filled with the symbolic making of sacrificial gifts.  Traditional Serbian bread, wheat, wine, candle, as well as the festive table itself, are brought to the glory of God, in honor of the saint, in memory of the deceased family members and for the health and progress of the living ones.  


*Photo: Celebration of Slava in the Belgrade family in 1867, author of the drawing Felix Kanitz





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