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A '''Slava''' ('''Крсна Слава''' also '''Крсно Име''' it means "celebration") is the celebration of the family's [[patron saint]]. It 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. [[Nicholasof Myra]].
Slava is a day not only of feasting, but also a day of spiritual revival through which the Serbian national soul is formed and crystallized. To these celebrations, customs, and traditions, our nation owes its existence, and, therefore, deserves to be appreciated and perpetuated by all grateful Serbian sons and daughters all over the world. The living example of the Patron Saint gives to the celebrant assurance, persistence, and the feeling of protection, support, and the encouragement to do good. For that reason, we hear among our people the ancient saying: "Ко Славу слави њему и помаже".

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