Website Srdjevdan.org is a non-profit and voluntary project dedicated to Saint Day of Ss. Sergius and Bacchus, or slava Srdjevdan in Serbian (also Sveti Srdj). It tries to express ones interests and research in genealogy, family history, culture and tradition, among people connected with celebration of the same Patron Saints, Ss. Sergius and Bacchus. That's why our slogan bears three words: Origin, legacy, people. Researching our origins we make path to preserve legacy for next generations. Why people? Well, it's all about that - men and women who for centuries preserved their slava and customs, that today we can share knowledge and pride, talk about whom we are and where we are going.
Slava (Cyrillic: Слава) is the Orthodox Christian custom of celebrating a family patron saint. The custom is mostly associated among Orthodox Christians in Serbia, Montenegro, Republic Macedonia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, parts of Bulgaria and Croatia, who consider it one of specific traits of their culture. It is also encountered among some Croats, Orthodox Albanians, Romanians, Greeks and Russians. The word slava could be translated as glory or praise, or Thanksgiving, Glory-giving.
The feast is kept on the day of the patron Saint of the entire family, so it is rather a family affair. The special spiritual depth of the slava can only be understood when one realizes that the family celebrates it on the feast day of the Saint which has been the special patron of that family for centuries - ever since the family became Christian. For generations, the patron Saint's day has been a special uniting force in the family, bringing it together to give glory and thanks to God the Creator and Savior. On the day of the slava, the home becomes "a church in miniature and the family becomes the congregation, reminding us that the Church is a family magnified". It is the tradition for all members of the family to gather, usually at the home of the eldest living member of the family, to commemorate the patron Saint, to glorify God and to pray for all members of the family, both the living and the reposed.
It is believed that slava had been adopted at the time of Christianization of South Slavs, some time in the late 9th century. Some believe that the day of the mass baptism itself was taken as the saint protector, others claim that each clan adopted its collective protector, while others still that slava is simply the saint which replaced a pre-existing pagan god-protector. Anyway, slava is a purely religious celebration and this is epitomized by the slavsky kolach (slava cake) - a special version of the Paschal Kolach which is baked for the occasion and which bears the family's prosphora seal with the sign of the Cross and the anagram for "Jesus Christ is our victory".
Srdjevdan.org has multiple goals. It encourages people who celebrates Ss. Sergius and Bacchus to research their family history and origins, and give them opportunity and space to share their revelations. There is a section for family trees, too. We are working on surname database of all families from Western Balkans, which Saint patrons are Ss. Sergius and Bacchus. Special attention is dedicated to our collection of informations about Ss. Sergius and Bacchus churches (present and former), from Siria and Egypt to Rome and France. General informations about saints' lives, their cult, hagiographies and historical facts are also covered, as well celebration of Srdjevdan among nations of Western Balkans.
If you know something about above mentioned, or you think that your family tradition is somehow connected with Ss. Sergius and Bacchus, this is the right place for you. Any information about families who celebrates Srdjevdan, about churches, people or anything else related will be valuable for this project and it will be highly appreciate.
There is an informal community behind Srdjevdan.org project. It's consisted from people who celebrates Srdjevdan as a Saint Day of their family, but also from all that have interests in genealogy research, family history, ethnology, history, ethnogeography etc. Srdjevdan.org is open project and we invite everybody to contact us.