Sunday, December 19, 2010

Slavski Obicaji / The Christian customs and traditions of the Serbian celebration of "Slava" - the holy day of their Patron Saints / Film footage with music and narration in the Serbian language

Aleksandra's Note:  The Krsna Slava is a Christian holiday specific only to Serbs. It is the day of the family's Patron Saint. Each family has its own special day, and many Serbs throughout the world share the same patron Saint. Today, December 19th, is the Slava of Saint Nikola, a holiday shared and celebrated by Serbs the world over. It falls just before Christmas. The following presentation by Nenad Zivanovic is a wonderful tribute to the meaning of "Slava" and though it is narrated in the Serbian language, those who do not understand the words can still enjoy and appreciate the meaning behind the images and the beautiful music.

Sincerely,

Aleksandra Rebic


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Slavski Obicaji


Posted on YouTube by:


"velicki"




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXGNQoElITI&feature=related




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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Obeležena 96. godišnjica Kolubarske bitke

Beta - Tanjug
Objavljeno: 15.12.2010.
Politika Online



Zivojin Misic

LAZAREVAC – U Lazarevcu je održana centralna manifestacija povodom 96. godišnjice Kolubarske bitke vođene u Prvom svetskom ratu.

Odate su državne i vojne počasti kod Spomen-crkve Svetog Dimitrija u tom gradu, u čijoj kripti počivaju posmrtni ostaci stradalih srpskih i austro-ugarskih vojnika.

U kripti Spomen-crkve i kraj Spomenika srpskom ratniku vence su položili predstavnici Ministarstva rada i socijalne politike, Ministarstva odbrane i Generalštaba Vojske Srbije, opštine Lazarevac, ambasada Austrije, Mađarske, Slovačke i Češke, kao i nevladinih organizacija koje neguju tradiciju oslobodilačkih ratova Srbije.

Protokol organizatora svečanosti - Odbora Vlade Srbije za negovanje tradicija oslobodilačkih ratova Srbije nije dozvolio da se prisutnima obrati zamenik predsednika lazarevačke opštine Aleksandar Dražić zbog toga što nije želeo da skine stranačka obeležja.

Dražić je član Srpske radikalne stranke, a na reveru nosio je bedž podrške haškom optuženiku Vojislavu Šešelju, predsedniku radikala.

Kolubarska ili Suvoborska bitka, vođena od 16. novembra do 15. decembra 1914, jedna je od najvećih i najznačajnijih bitki između vojske Kraljevine Srbije i Austro-ugarske u Prvom svetskom ratu.

Bitka je vođena na frontu od 200 kilometara, a okončana je uspešnom protivofanzivom srpskih snaga pod komandom generala Živojina Mišića (1855-1921), protiv brojnije i nemerljivo bolje opremljene austrougarske vojske.

Mišić je docnije unapređen u čin vojvode, a njegova strategija u toj bici izučava se na vojnim akademijama širom sveta.

U Kolubarskoj bici poginulo je 22.000 vojnika Kraljevine Srbije i 28.296 vojnika balkanske vojske Austrougarske monarhije, među kojima 1.080 oficira.

Tradicionalna manifestacija „Dani Kolubarske bitke”, započeta 5. decembra polaganjem venaca na spomenik Dimitriju Tucoviću, na Vračem brdu kod Ćelija, završava se sutra uveče tribinom „Velike sile i Srbija u Prvom svetskom ratu”.

Kao učesnici te tribine u lazarevačkoj biblioteci „Dimitrije Tucović” najavljeni su Mira Radojević, Miloš Ković i Ljubodrag Dimić.

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U Aranđelovcu položeni venci

Polaganjem venaca kraj Spomen-kosturnice u Aranđelovcu, u kojoj su sahranjena 3.892 srpska i austrougarska vojnika i pomenom koji su služili sveštenici Orašačkog namesništva, obeležena je 96. godišnjica srpske pobede u slavnoj Kolubarskoj bici.

Vence su položili predstavnici aranđelovačkog SUBNOR-a i opštine, a o tom događaju koji je odredio sudbinu Prvog svetskog rata govorio je predsednik boračke organizacije u Aranđelovcu Radomir Milošević.

U programu su učestvovala kulturno-umetnička društva, a predstavljen je i najnoviji broj časopisa „Zavet”, u kome su zabeležene aktivnosti boračke organizacije u Aranđelovcu.



http://www.politika.rs/rubrike/Drustvo/Danas-se-obelezava-96-godisnjica-Kolubarske-bitke.lt.html


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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jubilant Austrians take Belgrade, Serbia! This day in history...December 2. // Jubilation that would last for just a day...

Jubilant Austrians take Belgrade, Serbia
December 2, 1914


Aleksandra's Note: On this day in history, December 2, 1914, the Austrians achieved what they thought was a decisive victory over their nemesis, the Serbians, during their third offensive of 1914. Serbia's great commander Zivojin Misic, who had come out of retirement with the onset of the First World War, was given the task of commanding  the Serbian First Army, replacing another great Serbian commander, General Petar Bojovic, who was ill and had been wounded in previous battles. General Misic made the controversial, highly risky but brilliantly strategic decision to withdraw his forces deeper south, away from the northern front, which meant deliberately evacuating, essentially "abandoning", Belgrade. He moved his forces south to the right bank of the Kolubara River, a river in Serbia whose name would become synonymous with wartime miracles, in order to revitalize them and prepare them for a successul counteroffensive against Oskar Potiorek's Austrian army. This left Belgrade "undefended" and the Austrians were able to virtually "walk in" to capture their most prestigious objective! Belgrade was theirs! Serbia's back was broken! Of that, the Austrians were certain, and now it was just a matter of time before the Serbian state was finished once and for all!

Their jubilation would last for exactly one day. This day, December 2, 1914.

As I have said before, one of the biggest mistakes that anyone who sets out to crush Serbia can make is to underestimate the Serbs.


The drawing above reflects Austrian satisfaction at getting the Belgrade prize. On www.gutenberg.org is found the following description of this image reflecting the events of December 2nd, 1914 in Belgrade, Serbia:

"This drawing by a German artist shows General Liborius von Frank (riding in front of the standard-bearer) entering Belgrade at the head of the Fifth Austrian Army on December 2. As the troops passed the Konak, the building in the background with a cupola, they sang the Austrian national anthem. General Frank sent the following message to the Emperor Francis Joseph: 'On the occasion of the sixty-sixth anniversary of your Majesty's accession permit me to lay at your feet the information that Belgrade was to-day occupied by the troops of the Fifth Army.'"


http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18334/18334-h/18334-h.htm


Serbia's Zivojin Misic
Commander of the Serbian First Army
World War One


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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dedicating the 2010/2011 Holiday Season to remembering special instances of extraordinary Serbian heroism and fortitude



Serbian Cross
Photo by Cassily



WE ARE THE SERBS.

They may test us and they will.

They may battle us and they will.

They may try to diminish us and they will,

But only for a time.

They may hurt us and they will.

They may betray us and they will.

They may try to break us,

But they will never.


Aleksandra Rebic



Serbian warrior with the flag of the Kingdom of Serbia
The Military Museum of Serbian history


Dear visitors to "Heroes of Serbia":

It strikes me as being the perfect time to revisit and remember episodes in Serbian history that are particularly remarkable for what they tell us about the human capacity for bravery, endurance, fortitude, and rising above one's circumstances and persevering.

Serbs are extraordinary people. It is my hope that the postings that follow will be testimony to that fact, and that their story will serve as an inspiration to anyone who still believes in the strength of the spirit to prevail over circumstance.


Sincerely,

Aleksandra Rebic
December 1, 2010



Serbian double-headed eagle
"Breaking the shackles of chains"
Photo of painting courtesy of






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