Serbian Children’s Day – in Serbian known as “Detinjci”

In celebrating CHILDREN’S DAY we remember all the holy children of God, those innocent creatures of God who Christ Cites as the prime example to those of us who want to enter the kingdom of heaven. For He said: “Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 18, 3).

On these Sundays of preparation before Christmas the folk customs are mostly the same everywhere. First fathers and mothers, on the third Sunday before Christmas, Children’s Day, tie up their children in the morning, sometimes even the ones in cribs, and children have to “untie” themselves. Since this is always the Sunday after St. Nicholas, usually it is said that “St. Nicholas brings presents to the children in the morning”.


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