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Milica Rankovic & Jovana Vukovic

Orthodox Christmas

Christmas is one of the holiest days of the year for Serbian Orthodox Christians who follow the Julian calendar. It is preceded by 40 days of fasting during Advent to prepare for the birth of Christ.

Mothers make special bread(called Cesnica) at about 6 or 7 o'clock am. Inside it,there are metal coins and who finds it, he will have a lot of money in future...

At Christmas people eat pork called "pecenica". People roast it a day before, on Badnji dan.

On Badnje vece the oldest man in the family brings ,,badnjak" into house and after it nobody mustn't go outsude. People put badnjak on fire and it makes sparks.

Christmas Day is spent receiving and visiting friends and family. The first visitor to one's home on Christmas Day is known as the polozajnik or poleznik. A special gift is prepared for this First Guest (in the old days in Serbia, it was a scarf or wool stockings) and he or she is given the reserved piece of cesnica. The polozajnik, whether young or old, male or female, is said to come in the name of God with best wishes.

The greeting on Christmas Day, Jan. 7, is Mir Bozji! Hristos se rodi! (Peace of God! Christ is Born!). The response is Vaistinu se Rodi! (Indeed, He is born!).

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