Individual patron saint days, observed by every Serbian Orthodox Christian household, have been passed down through centuries and are the essential Serbia holidays. Most of Serbia’s public festivals are devoted to cinema, music, gastronomy, or a mix of the three. The Belgrade Music Event is dedicated to classical music, while the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad serves as the beautiful backdrop to the city’s vibrant EXIT festival. Nevertheless, the Gua Trumpet Event, an annual competition between some of the world’s best trumpet bands, is unlike any other Serbian music festival.
Serbian culture has been influenced by centuries of intermixing of ethnic groups. Several Serbian dishes include Greek, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean influences. Each Orthodox Christian household has a day dedicated to its patron saint. Although Serbians regularly make fun of their former Yugoslav neighbors with black humor, most Serbians welcome outsiders and take advantage of any chance to practice their English on visitors.
Traditional Serbian cuisine includes sausage, grilled meats, bread, and locally produced cheeses. The major components in Serbian salads are cabbage, onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers, which are all typically cultivated organically. Cevapcici (charcoal-grilled minced beef), Japrak (stuffed vine or cabbage leaves), Pljeskavica (meat patties), and Raznjici (skewered meats) are some of the most traditional Serbian dishes. Restaurants in Serbia are often less expensive than those in Western Europe. Fruit-flavored alcohol known as rakija and a potent plum brandy known as slivovitz are two of Serbia’s trademark drinks. Serbia’s most popular domestic beers are Lav and Jelen.