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St. George's Day among Serbian Gypsies

Nature volume 142, page 626 (01 October 1938) | Download Citation

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ST. GEORGE'S DAY (Djurdjev Dan) is of all “Slavas” that most enjoyed by the Gypsies of Serbia. This feast, Dr. A. Petrovic says in his continuing study of the Serbian Gypsies (J. Gypsy Lore Soc, Ser. 3, 17, 2 ; 1938), is not only a holiday, but also a harbinger of spring and new life-first of all with respect to food when new vegetables are available, from which a woman, using salt and a little bread, will make a salad to last a family for a whole day. It is also the time when the gypsies cease to sleep in the house and take their bedding and the anvil outside. They sit, eat and sleep in the open air.

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