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A '''Slava''' (meaning "celebration") is the celebration of the family's [[patron saint]]. It's is primarily known as a [[Church of Serbia|Serbian]] custom: when the [[disciple]]s of Sts. [[Cyril and Methodius]] were [[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 [[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).
*[http://www.holycross-hermitage.com/pages/Orthodox_Life/serb_slava.htm "The Serbian Slava"] by Lev Puhalo
*[http://www.istocnik.com/articles/40/eng_slava.html Serbian Krsna Slava]
*[http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=494 Serbia & Montenegro] from the St. Nicholas Center
*[http://www.st-george-church.org/English/Krsna_Slava.htm Krsna Slava]
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