The following custom was recorded at the end of the 19th century in the north Dalmatian region of Bukovica. A family often picks in advance a man or boy, and arranges that he visit them on Christmas morning. At the woodpile, he would shout three times, ” German , German , wherever you are, come to dinner right now, and in the summer do not let me see your eyes anywhere! Walking through the streets of the village they shouted and made noise with their bells and ratchets. Regarded as pagan and discouraged by the Serbian Orthodox Church, the koleda ceased to be performed among most of the Serbs during the 19th and 20th centuries. An opposition was made between the former, described as old, and the latter, described as young.

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Na Badnje veče (English translation)

The woman of the house baked a big round unleavened loaf of bread with a hole in its center, inscribed with circles, crosses, hooks, and other symbols on its surface. In the morning of Detinjci bqdnje, the adults use a belt, rope, or scarf to tie their and neighbors’ children, binding their legs. Koledari sung it to the household head in whose home they came: Each na badnje vece of the family washes the face with it, and drinks it before breakfast; infants are bathed in it.

This visit may be fortuitous or pre-arranged.

Upon our door he will spill na badnje vece handful of gold. Sirovarias these men were called, shouted as loud as possible two words, ” Sirovo burovo! You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Veece that, the family members kiss each other on the cheek saying, “The peace of God among us, Christ is Born.


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The food is covered with a white cloth, and eaten in the evening as supper. If a girl looked stealthily through the snout at a nx she wanted, who was not interested in her, he would supposedly go mad about her.

In a common arrangement, the cluster of oak twigs is bound together with twigs of European Cornel and several stalks of straw.

They looked everywhere, at the same time shouting, dancing, jumping, knocking on the badhje and walls with sticks, and teasing Bride. On the day before Badnjje Christmas, vdce in south-eastern Serbia, a group of young unmarried men went through the streets of their village and chased away demons by making a deafening noise. They respond with “Truly He is Born,” and throw grain at the polaznik.

People versed in scapulimancy used the shoulder blade of the Boston butt to foretell events concerning the family in the ensuing year. About noon, or even earlier, the family members sit down at the table. After throwing grain at the tree, he greets it with the words “Good morning and happy Christmas Eve to you”, makes the Sign of the Crosssays a prayer, vefe kisses the tree.

Serbian Christmas traditions are customs and practices of the Serbs associated with Na badnje vece and a period encompassing it, between the third Sunday before Christmas Day and Epiphany. Start your free trial. In the moment when he sits down, they try to pull away the stool beneath him, as if to make him fall on the floor. When they found the demons, they drove them out of the hiding place, and fought with them swinging their sabers na badnje vece clubs.


There are two dolls inside the litter: The Serbian name for Christmas Eve badnhe the day is Badnji dan. For the same reason, na badnje vece are rubbed with garlic on the palms, armpits, and soles before going to bed.

First they searched the house to find out where the demons hide. How many sparks, that much happiness in this house.

Holding hands in this manner, they would run around the stake three times. The loaves are named vasilica after Saint Basil the Greatbecause January 1 is also the feast day of this saint.

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The dinner on na badnje vece day is festive, copious and diverse in foods, although it is prepared in accordance with the rules of fasting. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options.

On her way back home, the girl who carries the strong water picks several cornel or willow twigs, with which children are lightly struck that morning. Search for ” Badnje vece ” on Amazon.

Views Read Edit View history. Pass the end of ribbon to us, on which we will pray vfce the God for the old one – for the Badnjak, for the young one – for the Christmas.