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Srecan Đurđevdan!


The man. The myth. The slava.

American readers, my keyboard did not find a life of its own. It’s Serbian for happy St. George’s Day, one of the many slavas, or feasts, that celebrate a patron saint. Each family has at least one patron saint. On that saint’s day, families cook for hours-and for up to a hundred people. Eating, singing and dancing ensues…followed by more eating, singing and dancing.

There are many slava days, but Đurđevdan is unique for two reasons: one, it merged with a pagan holiday celebrating spring. Two, it’s celebrated by diverse groups of Serbian Orthodox, Gorani (a Muslim-Slavic group in southern Kosovo), Montenegrin Orthodox, and Roma. It’s traditional to roast a lamb and listen to music–brass music, specifically. There’s one particular song I expect to hear several times today. It’s named, appropriately, Đurđevdan. Here’s a rock-tempo version by the Amadeus band. I love the dramatic eeeevooo zore

But my favorite version is the remix by DJ Dacko:

There are quite a few Đurđevdan remixes on You Tube, but muz grew bored after listening to the eighth version of the song. Readers, are there any versions of Đurđevdan that you recommend?

Happy St. George’s Day and happy spring!

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4 responses

  1. My favorite version by Bjelo Dugme!

    May 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

  2. Bogi

    Ah, this song always reminds me of spring 1991, when Red Star became European, and later World football (soccer) champion!
    It was then unofficial anthem of the club and now St. George’s Day is it’s official slava.
    My favourite is Bijelo Dugme’s “original” version:

    Great blog, cheers!!

    May 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm

  3. Two votes for Bijelo Dugme-I think we have a winner!

    May 9, 2011 at 7:28 am

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