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Part of the reason I asked is because mine is comming up on the 31st. 

St. Luke the Evangelist. 

I've also noticed that there are a lot of different slava's but most people fall into these:

St. Nicholas (like all of Serbia... ;D)

St. George

St. Paraskeva

Then after that it gets crazy.  I have also met people who have a feast day as their slava, like some people celebrated "Pokrov Presvjate Bogorodice" as their Slava (Protection of the Theotokos). 
 

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Sv Arandjel Mihailo / St Archangel Michael...November 21st, mines pretty popular  ;D
 

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Mine is St. Sava, January 27 (n.s.)
 

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serb1389 said:
Part of the reason I asked is because mine is comming up on the 31st. 
How I wish I could help you celebrate!

Please have a toast to remember me by on your Slava, file mou!
 

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No, I certianly am not kidding. When I converted in 1989, the priest gave me this feast as my personal Slava. (I had a personal love for him ever since I learned of him in my childhood) I have kept it ever since.

My notation of n.s. (new style) was to alert readers that I was refering to the new calendar date to avoid confusion about the date.

serb1389 said:
Bridgidsboy...

Were you kidding?  What does "(n.s.)" mean? 

St. Sava is celebrated by the entire Serbian Orthodox Church, and all Serbian Orthodox Christians (and he's even in the Greek Synaxarion for that day). 

So, do you have a personal Slava? 
 

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Brigidsboy said:
No, I certianly am not kidding. When I converted in 1989, the priest gave me this feast as my personal Slava. (I had a personal love for him ever since I learned of him in my childhood) I have kept it ever since.

My notation of n.s. (new style was to alert readers that I was refering to the new calendar date to avoid confusion for non-old calendar types.
I think its safe to say, your slava is the most celebrated one within the Serbian Orthodox Church, I bet not much people come over! ;)
 

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I have had at least 50 guests every year. The record was 105 in the year 1991. The church and school observances are always held on the weekend. I always celebrate on the day itself.
 

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serb1389 said:
I'll toast you on the hour every hour!  (seriously... ;D ;D) 

I'm really gona miss you Father...

There's gona be a lot of people this year, which i'm really excited about.  And my mom sent food...which is always exciting.. ;)
Well, I drank a couple shots of Shlivolitz yesterday in your honor. :)  Actually, it was in the (smaller) hall of St. John the Baptist in San Fran after our concert yesterday.  We were served Shlivo and these fried dough thingy's (can't remember the name) that had sugar on the top and raisins and some of ther lighter colored dried fruit in them.  Rather tasty.
 

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Elisha said:
these fried dough thingy's (can't remember the name) that had sugar on the top and raisins and some of ther lighter colored dried fruit in them.  Rather tasty.
Krofne???  Tigance???

My family celebrates Sveti Nikola (December 19).
 

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SouthSerb99 said:
Krofne???  Tigance???

My family celebrates Sveti Nikola (December 19).
Can you prove pics?  Maybe the first one.
 

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Sveti Dimitrija. Nisam sto posto siguran, ali sto se secam, datum je novembar 7. ili 14 Novembar?. Svedno, nismo mi bas pobozni, tako da ne slavimo svake godine. :-[
 

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Сретна Слава, serb1389!

My Krsna Slava is St Thekla (Sep. 24/Oct. 7).
 

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prayingserb said:
Sveti Dimitrija. Nisam sto posto siguran, ali sto se secam, datum je novembar 7. ili 14 Novembar?. Svedno, nismo mi bas pobozni, tako da ne slavimo svake godine. :-[
Brate,

Novembar 8 za vasa Krsna Slava.
 

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serb1389 said:
http://solair.eunet.yu/~miljkovi/krofne.html

The link is in Serbian, but it has a good picture.  Hope it helps! 
Maybe not.  Those, being on a rack, look baked and I don't see any fruit sticking out.  These things weren't shaped that well (random blob-like shapes) and were fried.  Maybe it was just personal cooking differences though.
 

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SouthSerb99 said:
Brate,

Novembar 8 za vasa Krsna Slava.
Hvala!
da niste mi dali znanje, slavio bi jedan dan ranije! lol. Daj boze da ove godine slavimo kao sto bi trebali svake godine.
 

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I know there are several good articles about Slava online and I was just reading one that I thought was good.  I'll post it below.

The word slava  means celebration. This Serbian Orthodox observance is called Krsna Slava and is similar to (Krsno Ime - Name Day) in other Orthodox Christian traditions.

Christian missionaries not only converted Serbs to Christianity; but "Christianized" the spiritual customs they practiced as well. In this way the missionaries satisfied the peoples' psychological as well as spiritual needs. Because of this and other proven benefits of the Slava among Serbs, the people yet sing today, Niko Nema Sto Srbin Imade!

While most people observe the anniversary of their birth, the Serbs observe the Slava. In a spiritual sense the Slava stands above a chronological birthday. In fact, history and tradition tell us that the Slava came into existence among the Serbs with their acceptance of Christianity. Centuries ago, when a Serbian family accepted Christianity the Saint commemorated by the Church on that day became the family's patron Saint; that day each year then became a special observance. It was the birthday of their faith in Christ, perpetuated from one generation to the next through the male members of the family.

Among the most common Saints' names for the Slava one finds the names of St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker, St. George the Great Martyr, St. John the Baptist and Forerunner, St. Archangel Michael, Sv. Sava the First Serbian Archbishop, Sv.Petka and many others.

There is a saying among Serbs, Ko Slavu slavi tome Slava mu i pomaze! In translation this means, Whoever celebrates the Slava, him the Slava helps! Rightly so, for according to the teaching of the Church, the Church is the communion of all the Saints, in which Christ abides. There is strong evidence that the intercession of the Saints is effective. Accordingly, St. Paul advises us saying, "Give thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the Saints in light" (Col. 1:12).

Besides individuals and families, one finds many cultural and social organizations, cities, and even military units observing Slava. Often when two Serbs who do not know each other meet, one way of introduction is to ask about the family's Slava. The Slava has played an important role in the life of the Serbian people throughout its history. Situated at the meeting point between two important cultures, namely the Byzantine East and the Latin West remaining distinct from them both in addition to being subjugated into slavery by the Moslem Turks for over five centuries, the Serbs associated the Slava with survival and the preservation of their ethnic identity. Perhaps it is for that reason we hear the song: Niko Nema Sto Srbin Imade!

Indeed the Slava is a day of great rejoicing. Relatives, kamovi, and friends begin arriving the day before the Slava and many remain until the following day. An important aspect of the celebration is the religious observance of the patron Saint. In a Serbian Orthodox home one finds the icon of the patron Saint of the family illuminated by the flicker of a votive light. This in a sense is a place of prayer for the family. A Slava candle is lighted on that special day and the Slavski Kolac (Slave Cake) is presented for prayers of blessing, along with a glass of wine. Each of these items has symbolic meaning: the candle represents the light of life in God.

The bread symbolizes Christ our God, who said, "I am the living bread which came down from heaven" John 6:51); finally, there is a dish of boiled wheat (koljivo), which is blessed and served in memory of deceased family members. The candle is never blown out but is extinguished with wine. The same glass is then handed around the family circle and each member takes a sip of it, thereby symbolizing the perpetuity of the Slava. The scent of the incense binds together the emotions of all present on this unique and festive occasion.
 
While the festive meal is in progress, the host does not sit but remains available in service to all. He serves his Krsno Ime, then many beautiful and  well-wishing toasts  (Zdravice)  are offered
Slavski Kolac for the health and prosperity of the household. Music is provided by a one-stringed instrument called the Gusle, accompanied by the voice of the Guslar. The favorite subjects of these ballads are drawn from the rich heroic history of the Serbs.

The Slava has remained as one of the proven values and customs of the Serbian people. It may be said that the Slava played an important role in Serbian history, helping them to withstand centuries of religious proselytism and persecution from the Latin West, as well as slavery and brutality from the Islamic East. The spiritual, social, and preservational role of the Slava remains undiminished for the Serbian people to this day.

http://www.st-george-church.org/English/Krsna_Slava.htm
 

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SouthSerb99 said:
How about this Elisha? http://kuvar.8m.com/Krofne%20s%20ranflom.jpg
Nope!  Try again!  It was probably not one of the two things you mentioned.
 
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