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!