Holidays and traditions Montenegro
Montenegro – a country that loves and know how to relax. And not coincidentally many of our compatriots tend to come here in the days of national holidays, when it is buzzing with fun and hospitality of the locals is most conspicuous.
New year is one of the most cherished holidays for locals and for visitors. The fun continues here from December 31 to January 2. Town squares are given into the hands of the musicians and street theatre companies. Almost every hotel, including, and located in the ski resorts of Kolasin and Zabljak, cook their own entertainment, showing the maximum of imagination. Especially lush performances are held in major cities such as Kotor, Podgorica, Budva. These days people have gathered here from all corners of Europe, to the great company, under the speech of the stars of Montenegrin and international pop, to celebrate the coming New year, whose arrival romantic mark blooming in the night sky bouquets of fireworks, which are then showered with stars directly into the sea (weapon producing volleys, often set directly on the piers).
Tutsindan – interesting holiday, which begins on 5 January (two days before the Orthodox Christmas). Especially this holiday I love children, because during Ruzindana them… should not be punished! As the legend parents, who punished the child on January 5, will all the coming year to suffer from the bad behavior of her child. However, the Montenegrin peasants in Monzingen and didn’t have time to be distracted by childish whims – this day was made to slaughter one sheep or pig, which are then straples dishes on the Christmas table.
Banigan or Christmas eve is celebrated on January 6 and is of particular interest for those guests Montenegro who were lucky enough to rent housing in the private sector. Because on this day you can feel all the charm of ancient traditions of this wonderful country. Judge for yourself: in the early morning silence gunshots cut through – so men have reported that going into the forest to get badnjak (Christmas log). Of course, if somebody wants to take them with him in the patrol, no one would dare refuse. Symbolic and actual mining of bednja – before cut down a tree for him, a man should turn his gaze to the East, three times to cross your fingers, say a prayer, to give glory to the future Christmas log and only then proceed to the wheelhouse. Moreover, cut badnjak the owner of the house has three blows of an axe. And I have to try, because, otherwise, the tree will have to break up – more than three bumps on it it is impossible to put! But this is not the end of the story! After badnjak was produced, triumphantly carry it into the house, showered with wheat and hoisting the fire. Then Christmas log kiss, pour the honey and then put into the hearth, where he will burn for three festive days in happiness and prosperity of the family.
Christmas or božić, as they say in Montenegro, noted here, as throughout the Orthodox world, January 7. This festival is considered one of the most important and beloved, that’s why the preparations for it lasts about a month, starting from December 19 (the Day of St. Nicholas of Myra) and ending in the afternoon St. Sava, which is celebrated on January 27. As for Christmas – it is symbolic and full of warmth celebration. On this day guests Montenegro will see many interesting things, telling about the power of faith Montenegrin Christians, their careful attitude to the traditions of their ancestors. That alone is worth the rite of refraction of Pokachi – cake made of unleavened dough, which is baked coin. Expanding on a circle pohatu, the owners make it a cruciform incision, into which is poured the wine. And only when the cake swells, break it, giving all the guests a piece. Considered: the person who gets the portion of pogaca with coin, will find this year’s happiness.
Fun and festive is in the Christmas holidays and restaurants in Montenegro, in the interior where you can see the decoration of oak sprigs, tied with straw. While local chefs compete against each other in the drafting of the original Christmas menu.
The day of St. Tripun is celebrated annually in Kotor, since IX century. This holiday is celebrated in winter. The Holy Tripun, one of the most revered in Montenegro, is the patron Saint of ancient Kotor, always rescuing the inhabitants of this city from harm and misery. And not surprisingly, this day was one of the brightest and most colorful festivals of Kotor, collecting his pitches best musical collectives of the country, Church choirs and folk ensembles.
The Mimosa festival is a truly Grand celebration, held in late winter on the beautiful Montenegrin resort of Herceg Novi. Guests of the city are delighted to see a Grand procession, dressed in colorful costumes of festival participants to gently squeeze in the hands of fragrant Mimosa. In these festive days in Herceg Novi are performances of brass bands, parades majorettes, various art exhibitions, competitions fishermen and Grand masquerades, to participate in which can all attend.
The days of the camellias – a stunningly beautiful festival, held in March in Kotor and Dobrota. According to legend, in 1870, namely Camellia was brought as a gift for his beloved wife from Japan captain Stoliv. And it is no coincidence that in March exactly Camellia ruled here a ball on which is chosen the Lady of the Camellias. Guests of the festival that lasts for several days, enjoying a performance of music bands, like to visit the exhibition, where the best florists and florists countries represent new varieties of camellias and a delightful arrangement which this magically beautiful flowers play a major role.