For those of you still confused by Serbia’s non-stop round of winter holidays, today is Serbian New Year’s Eve (also known as Orthodox New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Eve according to the Julian calendar).
This year’s celebrations include a Fairytale Square (Trg Bajki) on Republic Square (better known by it’s vowelless nickname, Trg) and the traditional fireworks display laid on by the Serbian Orthodox church by the Hram (St Sava’s Cathedral in Karađorđev Park).
The Serbian Orthodox Church, along with a few other Orthodox Christian Churches (in Macedonia, Montenegro, Russia, Poland, Georgia, Ukraine and Jerusalem) continues to organise it’s holidays celebrations and saints’ days according to a modified version of the calendar introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 BC! The Julian calendar is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar (the one everybody else uses), hence the 1st of January – according to the Julian calendar – falls on the 14th of January and today, the 13th, is New Year’s Eve.
For a pleasant family evening out, head down to Karađorđev Park to watch the fireworks launched from the Hram and warm up (not that it’s particularly cold tonight) with a cup of mulled wine.