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Picking of Iva Grass on Ozren Mountain

Language: English

On 11 September each year, the day of the beheading of St. John the Baptist, inhabitants of villages around Ozren Mountain go up to Gostilij to pick Iva grass before assembling into smaller groups to play, dance and sing traditional music. In the afternoon, Orthodox priests consecrate the Iva. Iva is consumed in different ways, both to cure diseases and preventively, and the practice also helps preserve traditional costumes, songs and dances. Several local associations also invite similar organizations from other regions to partake in the tradition.

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Topics and Tags
Place/region: Ozren region, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe
Series: 2018 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Production and personalities:
Director: Nebojsa Dragojlovic, Sladjan Jovanovic
Coproducer/sponsor: Museum in Doboj
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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: HQFS-CLT-2018-RL-0128900006
Source ref.: DOC:0128900006;CAND:01289
Rights holder: Museum in Doboj