How much do you know about Serbia? Since I’m originally from Odessa, Ukraine it was so nice to see similar alphabet letters and many similar words. The reason we decided to learn about Serbia is because we celebrated Serbian Christmas this year and were so inspired by their traditions that we decided to learn more. Serbia is a small country. It is slightly larger than South Carolina. It’s capital is Belgrade with a population of one million. The main language is Serbian and the main Religion is Orthodox Christianity. Metal was first made in Serbia. I don’t know about you but we love Raspberries. Guess where 95% of the raspberries sold in the world are farmed? Yep, Serbia. Clocks were made by Serbians long before the Swiss started making clocks. The word “vampire” is the only Serbian word that is accepted around the world. If you see a last name ending in “ic” then most likely that individual is Serbian. Serbians are said to be the most hospitable nation in the world.
Serbian Folks Dance:
After we watched a video on Serbian Folks Dance we decided to give it a try. We had so much fun doing it. While our dance did not compare to the Serbian Dance we watched we had a great time moving around outside on a warm and rainy day.
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St. Save Serbian Orthodox Church
When the Gold Rush started many around the world came including those we are speaking about today. Serbians populated and still populate Amador County, California. This is the first and oldest Serbian Church in the United States and Canada. The construction of the church started early in 1894. The church bell was presented to the church by the Russian Bishop, the Rt. Reverend Nikola. This church sure stands out. A few years ago my mom was visiting me and we saw the church from the street above and we were determined to find it. This is one gem you won’t want to miss. I’ve taken the kids here a few times now.
Within its time many events have happened. Many loved ones have died. Many loved ones have been born. Much sorrow…. much joy… all endure in memory eternal… past, present, and future molded into one. “-Milo Radulovich
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church is located : 724 North Main Street Jackson, CA 95642.
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Serbians brought with them to Amador County, California not only people but also traditions. One of the most important traditions they brought with them is Christmas. Every year on January 7th, Serbian Christmas is celebrated. They celebrate the birth of Jesus with gunshots towards the air announcing that Christ is born the following day in front of the National Hotel around 12 pm. If you are not local the sound of gun shots may take you by surprise. Also, most of the shops in the county keep their Christmas decorations up until after Serbian Christmas has been celebrated.
My parents were Russian Orthodox before they had me so visiting an Orthodox church was an amazing experience. I think my children and I spent majority of the service staring in amazement at the walls and ceilings. It was so beautiful.
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