Jovandan – Slava 2016

Slava - Jovandan 2016

Slava - Jovandan 2016
Jovandan – Slava 2016.

Yesterday evening (19 January), I was invited to my neighbours house, here in the village, and enjoyed some amazing hospitality, with a never ending abundance of tasty traditional food.

The evening was a pre-cursor to today’s event, also at their house.

Slava - Jovandan 2016
Today has been St John the Baptist Day (Sveti Jovan), and those followers of the Serbian Orthodox Faith, have been celebrating Slava.

Slava - Jovandan 2016
Every year I am very fortunate to be invited to experience an integral part of the Serbian “calendar”.

Slava is a family’s annual ceremony and veneration of their patron saint, a social event in which the family is together at the house of the patriarch, (head of the family).

Slava - Jovandan 2016
Slava also brings friends and neighbours to the house.

The family saint is inherited from the father.

This tradition is an important ethnic marker of Serb identity.

Slava - Jovandan 2016
Serbs usually regard Slava as their most significant and most solemnĀ feast day.

It truly is a “Feast” Day in every sense of the word.

Slava - Jovandan 2016
Slava - Jovandan 2016
Slava - Jovandan 2016
Slava - Jovandan 2016

Slava – Jovandan 2016

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