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A '''Slava''' is the celebration of the family's [[patron saint]]. It's primarily known as a [[Church of Serbia|Serbian ]] custom: when the disciples [[disciple]]s of Sts. [[Cyril and Methodius ]] were converting [[convert]]ing ancient Serbia, they replaced the [[Paganism|pagan ]] custom of the household divinity with a family patron saint. However, this is not an exclusively Serbian custom, as it is also known among the [[Church of Bulgaria|Bulgars]], the [[Church of Albania|Albanian]], and even in parts of [[Church of Greece|Greece ]] and [[Church of Romania|Romania]]. A saint was determined by the day on which the household was baptized. Serbs do not celebrate a family Slava instead of an individual nameday (onomastik), but rather in addition to their namedays. The most common Slavas are St. [[John the Baptist]], St. [[George]], and St. [[Nicholas]].
The Serbs in particular, but also many Albanians, Bulgars, and even Romanians and Greeks, observe not only their individual nameday [[name day]] (onomastik), but also their family patronal feast, which is dedicated to the [[saint ]] of the [[feast ]] commemorated on the day in which their first ancestor was [[baptism|baptized]]. Families keep with great honor an [[icon ]] of this saint or feast which is passed from generation to generation, and observe the day with a Krsna Slava Service at home, which is lead by the [[priest]], or in his absence, by the domachin (head of the family).
 == External Linkslinks==*[ Serbian Patron Saint (Krsna Slava)]*[ "The Serbian Slava"] by Lev Puhalo*[ Serbian Krsna Slava]
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