Tonight is the Serbian New Year. Organizing celebrations, according to the decision of the Crisis Staff, is not allowed.
For the Serbian New Year, according to the Julian calendar, it is said that it is also Little Christmas, because on that day, the Christmas festivities end.
The Serbian, Russian, Georgian, Ukrainian and Armenian Orthodox Churches and the Holy Mountain are celebrating the New Year tonight. In the evening, there is a holiday vigil in the churches, a prayer that is served at the end of each year, in which the faithful thank God for everything he has given them and pray for the good in the coming year.
According to the usual calendar, you can’t sleep tonight. It is customary to serve hot brandy, mulled wine and donuts during the night.
In addition to Srpska, the Russian, Georgian, Ukrainian and Armenian Orthodox Churches, as well as the Holy Mountain, are celebrating tonight.
In the city center, at midnight, donuts were served, and a gold coin was placed in one. It was believed that whoever found the gold coin would have a successful year.
In our nation, the Julian New Year is also called the Serbian New Year, but also Little Christmas, because Christmas festivities end on that day. In the homes, families are gathered to meet the holiday. The table is rich, with the inevitable holiday pechenitsa.
On January 1, according to the Julian calendar, the Serbian Orthodox Church celebrates the memorial in honor of Jesus Christ and Saint Basil, hence the name for the Julian New Year – Basil.
It is customary for believers from Vasilica to the Epiphany to greet each other with a wholehearted greeting “Christ is born!”. To the welfare and joy of all who celebrate. Especially those who celebrate the beginning of the Julian year on Little Christmas by celebrating the baptismal feast of their family patron Saint Basil.
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