My Orthodox Christmas

My Orthodox Christmas

My Orthodox Christmas.

I get to experience two Christmases every year.

The first on 25th December (Gregorian calendar) and again for the Orthodox faith on the 6th January (Julian calendar).

Tamara made Česnica, the traditional and ceremonial, round loaf of bread that is an indispensable part of the Christmas dinner.

A little background about Česnica.

Česnica is the traditional and ceremonial, round loaf of bread that is an indispensable part of Christmas dinner.

The preparation of this bread may be accompanied by various rules and rituals.

A coin is often put into the dough during the kneading; other small objects may also be inserted.

At the beginning of Christmas dinner, the česnica is rotated three times counterclockwise, before being broken among the family members.

The person who finds the coin in his piece of the bread will supposedly be exceptionally lucky in the coming year.

The Česnica was used in folk magic for divining or influencing the amount of crops.

We also had a great family event one Christmas Day itself.

I hope that this brief insight “Behind the Scenes” so to speak shows you another aspect of the culture and traditions from this part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

My Orthodox Christmas

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