Monday, May 07, 2007

Slava...

A slava is a Saint's day celebration which is a custom only found in Serbian Orthodoxy. It is an excuse to eat a lot and (usually) drink even more, and mostly God and the specific saint aren't really remembered...but not always...

Anyway, Ljilja and I went to a Djurdjevdan (St George's day) Slava yesterday at our friend Aleksandra's Gran's house - in a village about 30km outside of Banja Luka. We ate and drank and sat for 5 hours, enjoying the conversation -other than when it was directed at the 3 of us and why we hadn't got married yet - even though God and Djurdje wasn't much mentioned...

And we will also go to Dragana's family's Slava tomorrow (it lasts for 3 days!) where hopefully God will get more of a mention...

If you are invited once to a Slava that means you are always invited - even if only to just pop in and say "hi" - although you will be forced to eat or drink SOMETHING! And it is really a privilege to be invited to a Slava, even though sitting for hours does get a bit tiring after a while!!

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