In 2003, Montenegro was a small country located in the Balkans. It had a population of around 650,000 people, primarily speaking Montenegrin and Serbian. According to computergees, the capital city was Podgorica, which is home to the Government Palace and several other important government buildings and monuments. The economy relied heavily on its tourism sector with agricultural products being the main export item. Tourism was also popular due to its stunning coastline, vibrant culture and historical sites such as Kotor Old Town. In addition to its natural beauty, Montenegro had a rich cultural heritage with traditional music, cuisine and art that blended Slavic influences with those from Greece and Italy. Despite its many challenges including poverty and political unrest in 2003, Montenegro remained a vibrant country that held great promise for its future generations.
According to Countryaah.com, Montenegro Independence Day is May 21.
Christmas in Montenegro
“… and if the 5th light is on, then you’ve slept through Christmas!” However, this does not apply to the Orthodox Church. Montenegro was once part of the Byzantine Empire, in which mainly the Orthodox faith was lived. This is also part of Christianity, but some traditions are a little different.
For example, Christmas is not celebrated until January 6th and 7th. This is due to the fact that the Orthodox follow the Julian calendar and the calendar shifts a bit. Orthodox believers also celebrate Christmas with lots of candles and a Christmas tree.
But that has to be earned first! Because before Christmas comes the so-called 40-day waiver. There is no cheese, fat, meat or milk. So you fast, so to speak. As a reward, there is a sumptuous breakfast on Christmas morning!
New Year’s Eve in the Orthodox Church
Because many Orthodox believers use a different calendar, namely the Julian one, the New Year naturally also moves. New Year’s Eve is therefore celebrated in our calendar on January 13th. You play a lot of games that day and follow popular customs. In the Serbian-Montenegrin culture, which is often similar, happiness is very important. There is a custom where each of the celebrants receives a piece of a cake with a coin baked into it. People who find the coin later will, according to people’s belief, expect financial luck in the coming year. A fireworks display is one of the Orthodox New Year also!
Montenegro Brief Guide
According to AbbreviationFinder, the small Montenegro in the Balkans is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region, and not a swamp. On the shores of the Adriatic Sea you can enjoy a beach holiday, breathtaking fjord scenery and one of the most beautiful medieval towns.
Everyone participating in the trip must have a valid travel insurance that covers medical expenses in the event of illness or other similar need. Please check the validity of your own insurance and the terms and conditions of the insurance cancellation cover.
Please pay attention to the special nature of your trip and check the coverage of the insurance in that respect as well. In many locations, the insurance must also be valid when moving at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters, in which case it also covers mountain sickness.
Many hiking or diving trips require more extensive insurance, which covers, for example, diving or moving on a glacier. Please check the contents of your insurance with your insurance company.
The country’s independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro was sanctioned by the referendum held on May 21, 2006 (with 55.5 % of votes in favor) and officially declared on June 3 (for the previous period, see Serbia and Montenegro). By the end of the same month, Montenegro gained wide international recognition and became a member of the UN (June 28).