Serbian Culture, Cuisine, Tradition and Religion

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Before visiting Serbia, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with their unique culture. Serbian culture has become what it is today over a period of many, many years. Serbia was ruled for three centuries under the Ottoman Empire and this greatly impacted the culture of the region. However, they are still and always have been a very musical and creative people. Thanks to the love of the arts, the area has produced many actors, composers, sculptors, and painters.

Serbian cuisine is very similar to Greek cuisine due to the nearness of the two regions. In Serbia, some unique desserts are baklava, nut rolls and koljivo. The people of Serbia take great pride in producing and preparing most of their own food. They prepare sausage, jellies, and assorted pickled foods at home. These are things most other countries would buy at the store, but the Serbs have always preferred to prepare these items themselves. Just like in Western culture, the Serbian people enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, breakfast has o­nly been a daily meal for them since the nineteenth century.

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The majority of people in Serbia are Orthodox Christians. There are also a great deal of Catholic Christians and Muslims in the area as well. Serbia, as a whole, is secular and does not have a national religion, but favor is often given to members of the Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Serbs celebrate Slava, held o­n Saint's Day, every year. Each Orthodox family has a patron saint inherited through the father's side of the family, and this special day is reserved to honor that saint.