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Slava: Celebration of Family Saint Patron's Day in Serbia

Language: Serbian subtitles Eng

In Serbia, families, neighbours and friends celebrate a holiday in honour of the Orthodox Christian patron saint, Slava. A specially designed candle is lit in the family home, then wine is poured over a Slava cake, which is then cut crosswise, rotated and broken into four parts and lifted up. Women play an important role in transmitting knowledge within families concerning the performance of rituals, their meaning and purpose. The Slava feast reinforces social relations and encourages dialogue in multi-ethnic and multi-confessional areas.

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Place/region: Serbia, South East Europe
Series: Inscriptions on the Intangible Heritage Lists
Type: Documentary
Production and personalities:
Director: Marko Stojanovic, Milos Matic
Publisher: Ethographic Museum in Belgrade
Published in:
Rights: Ethographic Museum in Belgrade

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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: AVFONDS-CLTICH-2014-0101000004
Source ref.: DOC:0101000004; CAND:01010
Rights holder: UNESCO ; Ethographic Museum in Belgrade