Since the early 1990s the Serbian Orthodox Church organizes public celebrations on Christmas Eve in the Temple of Saint Sava. The preparation consists of cutting down an oak tree and placing the “badnjak” on the open fire. The Liturgy starts at midnight, when thousands of citizens gather in the Temple on Vračar plateau.
In Belgrade, citizens and guests traditionally gather on Terazije Square to share a large Christmas Bread, called “česnica” with several hidden coins .This event is being organized in Belgrade for decades and is one of the largest public gatherings in Serbian capital during Christmas.
Orthodox New Year is celebrated on 13th of January. Traditionally, locals and guests go to some of numerous “kafanas” and celebrate with old Serbian music, mostly performed live, and with local cuisine. Orthodox New Year is celebrated also within the public city party, in front of the House of the National Assembly of Serbia with numerous music performers.
Burning oak branches in front of the Temple of Saint Sava on Christmas Eve
WOW FACTOR: Burning oak branches in front of the Temple of Saint Sava on Christmas Eve COMPANY: Tourist Organization of Belgrade
www.travel-belgrade.com BEST TIME OF THE YEAR: 6th & 7th January, 13 January DURATION: 2,5 - 5 hours MIN./MAX. NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 2 - 1000 LOCATION: Belgrade, Serbia CATEGORY: Cultural experiences
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