Holidays in Serbia
We love it. We celebrate it. We say “Good-bye” to the old year. We make toasts!
To the ends. To new starts. To victories. To efforts. To new friends. Always! Because it is always good to have as many dear people around as one can have. The Serbian capital – Belgrade – has, and for a good reason, been ranked number one of the famous Lonely Planet List as the best Party City in the world. The good energy, the positive spirit and curiously sociable Belgrade people have deservedly brought it the new title. What follows is clear to you, right? Spend your holidays in Serbia.
Because they are more entertaining, more unusual, more fluttery than anywhere in the world. The additional reason why to do so is: they last longer! Much longer. But, let’s get back to the beginning.
No matter which Serbian town or city you may choose to spend the 2014 New Year’s Eve in, there will be organized celebrations at squares. Joyful, cheerful and noisy. In Serbia, New Year’s Eve is celebrated into wee (really small, even all) hours, till the early hours of the morning, lasting till and going beyond the point when the night turns into morning, not allowing a good party to come to an end. Traditionally, the first morning in the new year is also celebrated by having (necessarily greasy) breakfast with people dear to you. Those are the magical moments when you don’t count calories and when you wildly and joyfully celebrate life.
We recommend that you should say “Good-bye” to the old year and celebrate the new year in the city of Novi Sad, a favourite city of young people. Liked by many people for its extraordinary Exit Festival, Novi Sad offers people an interesting programme for the beginning of 2014 as well. Those who come to the square will have an opportunity to enjoy the music played by Riblja Čorba (Fish Soup) and Čika Joca i zmajevi (Uncle Joca and the Dragons) bands as well as the concerts of Lena Kovačević and Ana Štajdohar.
The City of Niš has also prepared itself for New Year’s Eve: the trumpeters of Boban Marković’s Trumpet Band and the Galija (The Galley) domestic band will be playing in the night. If you decide to visit Belgrade, your visiting Svetogorska Street is a must for the next day – the street transforms into the Street of the Open Heart on January 1st carnival-like, with mulled-wine toasts made together with chance passers-by, while the youngest ones may enjoy the programme created especially for them. Optimism in its own essence.
The celebration of New Year’s Eve doesn’t mean an end of celebrations here; you may bet it doesn’t – it is actually just the beginning, practically an introduction to celebrations! Christmas in Serbia is celebrated according to the Orthodox calendar, which means that the Christmas Eve falls on January 6th, while Christmas is celebrated on January 7th. Paying a visit to some of the numerous orthodox churches will bring you peace and serenity for the peaceful year ahead of you. You should also pay a visit to St. Sava’s Cathedral – the biggest Orthodox Church in the world.
However, the fact that you have just celebrated the holiest Christian holiday doesn’t mean you have come to an end of celebrations.
We are just warming up…
The real party takes place on January 13th, when the so-called “Serbian” New Year is celebrated, namely the beginning of the year according to the Orthodox calendar. Why, on Earth, celebrate the new beginning only once?! We don’t miss a single reason to celebrate. This day is celebrated throughout Serbia in a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere, and – differently from the sometimes slightly rigid atmosphere on December 31st, filled with high expectations for the beginning of the new year – everybody comes to celebrate January 13th with one thing in mind: to have a good time!
Smudged lipstick? A cracked high heel? A tight shirt? All this simply doesn’t matter at all!
The Serbian New Year’s Eve is an opportunity to have a good party replay. The styling, the celebration venue and the choice of a band are not so much important this time. No matter which option you may choose, you will certainly have a good time in an excellent atmosphere. New Year’s Eve No. Two is typically celebrated in a rather traditional spirit, necessarily listening to the Serbian folk music (narodnjaci), so this represents a chance for you to learn about a new melodic expression. Trumpeters are an integral part of the celebration; with a little glass (or two) of brandy as a must!
Srećni Praznici! / Happy Holidays!
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