Serbian Krsna Slava

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My Dad(green shirt), neighbor Miso and Vaso are breaking the Slava Cake

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"The commemoration of Krsna Slava was to our ancestors one of the most important expressions of their Orthodox faith. So they always celebrated their Krsna Slava, regardless of how dangerous the situation. In our long suffering history, the state and freedom ceased to exist, but in our homes, the candle of our Patron
Saint never was extinguished.
The Serbian Krsna Slava links, as a golden string, our past and our present, our ancestors and their descendants.
The celebration of Krsna Slava requires the Icon of the family Patron Saint and several items that symbolize Christ and the believer's faith in his death and resurrection: a lighted candle, Slavsko zhito, Slava's bread (Slavski kolach), and red wine.

The lighted candle reminds us that Christ is the Light of world.
Slavsko zhito represents the death and resurrection of Christ. The Slavsko zhito is prepared as an offering to God for all of the blessings we have received from Him; it also is to honor the Patron Saint and to commemorate our ancestors who lived and died in the Orthodox faith.
Slava's bread represents Jesus Christ as the Bread of Life. It is also symbolic of our thanks to God for being saved through Its Son. During Slava, the priest cuts a cross in the bread, which reminds us of Christ's death on the cross for the remission of our sins.
The red wine, of course, represents Christ's precious blood, which was required to wash our sins away.
Note that understanding the symbols of Slava helps us understand the meaning of the celebration. There is one symbol, the Slavsko zhito, that needs some special explanation. Some of the faithful have the misunderstanding that the Slavsko zhito is parastos for the Patron Saint of the Slava. The wheat for Slava and the wheat for parastos (Koljivo) are two different things. In both cases, the wheat symbolizes resurrection and eternal life (St. John 12:24). However, Slavsko zhito is prepared for the glory and honor of the Saint and for the repose of the souls of those departed members of the family who commemorated that Saint. We do not pray for the soul of the Patron Saint, but we pray that he or she intercede to the Lord our God for the forgiveness of our sins. Therefore, you should never place a candle in the Slavsko zhito.

There is no reason to refrain from celebrating Slava during a mourning period in the family because at Krsna Slava we experience the unity with our departed ones.
neighbor Ruza is always helping my mum for Slava
The gaiety should be omitted, but the zhito, bread, and candle never. On that day they are signs of living union between the living and the deceased of the family.

For the faithful, Krsna Slava creates confidence, strength, freshness, stability, spiritual and physical peace, and the ability and incentive to do good and to lend help to others.
Krsna Slava - the celebration of the home Patron Saint-is the greatest characteristic of the national and religious life of the Serbian people. It is a beautiful and unique expression of the Orthodox faith that is deeply implanted in the Serbian Christian soul.
Krsna Slava is an exclusively Serbian custom. It is the most solemn day of the year for all Serbs of the Orthodox faith and has played a role of vital importance in the history of the Serbian people.
last day of Slava - some friends of mine
Krsna Slava is actually the celebration of the spiritual birthday of the Serbian people. Our forefathers accepted Christianity collectively by families and by tribes. In commemoration of their baptisms, each family or tribe began to celebrate in a special way to honor the saint on whose day they received the sacrament of Holy Baptism. The mother church blessed this practice and proclaimed Krsna Slava a Christian institution."

Indeed the Slava is a day of great rejoicing. Relatives, kumovi, and friends begin arriving the day before the Slava and many remain until the following day.

My Family celebrate Angel Michael on November 21.But the Celberation starts always one day before - on November 20 and we celebrete 3 days. All Family and Friends are coming to celebrate with us that day and we have on that 3 days about 100 guests.
On 3-th day my brother and i make on evening a Party for our friends.
It`s very nice Tradition. If u have any chance - visit someone who celebrate Krsna Slava.
It`s something special.

ortajero says:
Hi Alexandra, sehr interesanter Artikel. Erlaube mi, dieses Forum für eine Anfrage zu mißbrauchen. Ich habe ein kleines Romamädchen als Pflegekind, dem jetzt die ABschiebung nach Serbien droht und ich das wohl nicht verhindern kann. Das Kind wird wohl nach Loznica zurückkehren. Ich suche für diesen Fall Anspechpartner in Loznica, um dem Kind weiterhin Schulbesuch, Erlernen der serbischen Sprache sowie nach Möglichkeit weiter Deutschunterricht zu ermöglichen. Falls Du Interesse hast, würde ich mich über Kontaktaufnahme freuen:, wenn nicht ,entschuldige meine Anfrage.
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MfG Holger Kraneis
Posted on: Jul 27, 2009
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