Deep-Rooted Customs of Yugoslavian Christmas Celebrations

Christmas in Yugoslavia depends much on the age old traditions and customs. As the harbingers of Christmas, the second Sunday prior to the Christmas is celebrated as the Mother’s day, on which, the children play affectionate pranks on their mothers and extend them Mother’s Day wishes. The children tie mother’s feet to a chair and sing,

“Mother’s Day, Mother’s Day,                           What will you pay to get away!

The children free the mother only when she gives them presents. The next coming Sunday is the Father’s Day and the same pranks are repeated on their fathers by the children on this day.

A concept of Christmas log is popular in association with Christmas in Yugoslavia. Someone watches the Christmas log burning with full vigil the whole night as they believe that if the log burns out due to the carelessness, it would bring bad luck to the whole next year.

The Christmas cake in Yugoslavia is known by the name Chestnitsa. A gold or silver coin is hid secretly while preparing it and the one who gets it can expect a lot of good luck for the coming year. Another Christmas tradition in Yugoslavia is in connection with the Christmas pig. The roast pig has to be carved in a unique traditional way so that it is difficult to explain. The roast pig is an essential item of the Christmas dinner.

Every house in Yugoslavia must possess a Christmas crib and they used to decorate it in the Christmas season with moss collected from the forest. The Christmas carol is often sung accompanied by the music box, which surely included in the household possessions.

The tradition of Christmas tree signifying Jesus Christ’s birth came into the customs of Christmas in Yugoslavia only in the 18th century. Before that, there was a tradition of fresh green shoot. By December 22 (the Winter Solstice), a fresh green shoot is brought inside the home, which signifies the birth of a new life apart from health, happiness and living strength.

Another custom is carried out by the shepherd and carol singers, who bring the Birch twigs to the houses. As the next, they would sing verses to bring health and wealth to everyone. The greetings also include a rich harvest and prosperous financial state for the coming year. The Yugoslavs also believe that the evergreen tree branches have the power to prevent any bad omens, which are brought by the evil spirits and demons.

Many of the traditions in association with Christmas in Yugoslavia had been actually influenced by Pagan traditions, rather than Christianity. Because of that, there are so many seemingly superstitious traditions existing in connection with the celebrations of Christmas in Yugoslavia.

Origins of Christmas & Idea of Christmas

The Origin of Christmas- Get to know the origins of Christmas to have a clear idea of Christmas

Christmas is one of the well known festivals that are celebrated all over the world. It is celebrated to mark and commemorate the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. Also known as X Mass, it is one of the greatest events for the people of the Christian community and is celebrated all over the world. In addition to the Christians, people of all communities also take part in the celebrations. Christmas is held every year on the 25th of December. To have a better idea, let us know the origin of Christmas.

Origin of Christmas day

Christmas is marked with great fun and exuberance the world over. The event marks the start of the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere. The whole event lasts for a period of twelve days. The celebratory days begin from December 25 and lasts till Jan 5 or 6. If we have an idea of the origin of the event, we can see that on the 25th of December, Jesus was born and so it is a special day. As such, wide spread celebrations takes place on this day. As the clock strikes the mid night hour, people come out to the streets and pay their respects to Lord Jesus. The bells of churches ring and homage and prayers are offered.

The origin of Christmas is based on the biblical details that are inscribed in the Gospel of Matthew, and the Gospel of Luke. Christmas and the figure of Santa Claus are integral to each other. Santa is known as the Father of Christmas. His character was first recorded in the 15th century and is related to merry making spirit. The giving and sharing of gifts remind us of the three magi’s gifts to Jesus.

Christmas Day was first celebrated in a proper way in the 4th century during the reign of Emperor Constantine. Since that period, the festival is being celebrated with great fanfare almost all over the world. Based on popular belief, the name “Christmas” was first taken from the Mass of Christ. One of the main ingredients of the event is the mass which thanks Jesus who gave his life for the human race.

Origin of the Christmas celebrations

Prayer services are an important part of Christmas Day which dates back to centuries. The celebrations start from the previous day, also referred to Christmas Eve and go on till the next day. After the prayers are over, people accept blessing from the priests and exchange greetings and wishes.

Gifts and decorations also form a major part of the Christmas celebrations. Greetings and wishes are exchanged by friends and family members. In almost all Christian houses, children and young people make Christmas trees by decorating with lights, nativity scenes, holly leaves, red stocking and other things. Bells are erected on the doors and windows and chocolates are distributed among everybody.