I love Art & Culture and I study, observe and capture ideas, customs and social behaviors. The social norms define the value of the people who possess variety of phenomena’s transmitted through traditions and customs. A rich nation is the wealthiest nation if defined by the depth of its culture and traditional values. History books could reveal the oldest of the cultures being practiced on Earth and Serbian Culture is among the richest ,oldest and one of the most beautiful cultures ever witnessed on the surface of the Globe.
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Ethnic Heritage

Serbian culture refers to the culture of Serbia and of ethnic Serbs. The Ottoman Empire conquered Serbia in 1459 and ruled the territory for several centuries, the consequences of which suppressed Serbian culture but also greatly influenced Serbian Art, especially in the southern regions. Serbian Heritage is rich and distinctive in a beautiful way and is being practiced and reflected in its traditional values. Serbian people still reflect ancient rituals, customs and beliefs. These traditions especially come from smaller and rural areas which is the proof that it is one of the ancient and most powerful cultures of the Planet.

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November in Serbia: The month of the patron saints

Autumn represents the time when a large number of Serbian households gather around in order to celebrate one of the most important dates of the year- a patron saint or the family ancestor (slava).“Slava” is a celebration where each family venerates its patron saint.  For that reason, everybody looks forward to November and many celebrations of patron saints. Besides the fact that these are the days when you can hear cheerful conversation, music and laughter from almost every house, you can also smell the aroma of the home-made specialties. The flame of Serbian traditions burns as bright as the lit candle, blessed and placed upon the dining table, illuminating the feast thrown in the patron saint’s honor. “Slava” will soon find its place on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, established by UNESCO.

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Beautiful People of Serbia

Serbs are warm people, especially towards foreigners. They are very welcoming towards tourists, of which there are not many as the country’s full potential has yet to be reached. Most Serbs speak some English and are eager to practise it (seniors, however, are more likely to speak German and/or French). People of Serbia are volatile and cordial. The Serbians are a vibrant community of people hailing from Serbia as well as Bosnia, Herzegovina and Montenegro, and form significant minorities in Croatia, the Republic of Macedonia and Slovenia. Serbians are particularly known for their rich literary heritage. The history of Serbian literature begins with theological works from the 10th- and 11th centuries, and has prospered since the early 19th century. The most well known authors are Ivo Andrić, Miloš Crnjanski, Meša Selimović, Borislav Pekić, Branko Miljković, and Danilo Kiš. Svetlana Velmar-Janković and Gordana Kuić are the best known female novelists in Serbia today.It is not only a proverb – according to the international polls, Serbs are statistically the most hospitable nation in the world. This custom is highly implemented in their legacy.

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The Emerging Serbia

According to the World Bank Serbia has passed through a period of dramatic change, managing a rapidly evolving political and economic environment. Today, Serbia is a candidate country for the European Union membership, reflecting the significant progress made so far in structural and institutional reforms. Belgrade is the capital and economic heart of Serbia and home to most major Serbian and international companies operating in the country, as well as the National Bank of Serbia and the Belgrade Stock Exchange. Novi Sad is the second largest city and the most important economic hub after Belgrade. In terms of size and population, Serbia is in the middle of Europe, in terms of the of development Serbia is considerably below the European average, while in terms of growth factors Serbia is close to the top. This suggests that the growth potential in Serbia is large. The structural economic reforms that Serbia is undertaking will be the key to unlocking it. If Serbia manages this, as early results suggest it can, Serbia is expected to be the economic tiger of south eastern Europe.

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Serbian Food

The Serbian Food is a strong mix of oriental, central European and local Balkan cuisines, offering an overwhelming variety of meals. Besides in restaurants and kafanas, Serbs tend to eat lots of fast food, especially grilled for lunch, and pastry for any other meal. Serbian food is mainly heavy, with plenty of calories. Meat, pastry and local vegetables dominate in Serbian cuisine.

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Komplet lepinja

“A flat bun with everything in it” can be easily called “a flat bun for everybody”. Everyone likes it – children, teenagers and pensioners. Persistent taste will feed you that much that you won’t think about eating anything else in the next few hours, and some say that it is the best cure for hangover. Residents of Zlatibor and villages around it love to joke about it and say that this dish is “the cure for everything”. See for yourself, after all.

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Kajmak

Kajmak is a thick creamy dairy product with an unforgettable smell and taste. It is made of fresh cow milk and it will possess all your senses at the very first.

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