National and Religious Holidays in the Militaries of the Princedom and the Kingdom of Serbia Cover Image

Државни и верски празници у војсци Кнежевине и Краљевине Србије
National and Religious Holidays in the Militaries of the Princedom and the Kingdom of Serbia

Author(s): Miljan Milkić
Subject(s): Military history, Political history, Military policy, Politics and religion, Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919)
Published by: Institut za strategijska istraživanja
Keywords: National holidays; religious holidays; military; Serbian military; Kingdom of Serbia;

Summary/Abstract: In the Serbian military, the state and the religious holidays were celebrated and rejoiced in a way as it was prescribed by laws and by-laws. A developed ceremonial of participation of the military units during the celebration of the holidays shows the significance which military had in the Serbian society. The information that as equal were considered military commands (commands of the troop regiments and county regiments), and county offices and county courts, confirms the good reputation and high rating of the military in the society. Serbian military went to public in all its glory and power – soldiers participated in the parades under the war equipment, and on the eve and during the holidays the gun salute was fired. In the days of National and religious holidays, they used to prepare special meals in the military. During the holidays, even in the war time, quality meals had to be provided. The holidays of the national minorities (other religion) in the Serbian military were celebrated according to the rules of the respective religion and in a way prescribed by military regulations. Celebration of the holidays in the military was important for raising morale. During the First World War both Serbian government and the Serbian military were in exile, and the ceremonial of celebrating state and religious holidays kept the feeling of national and religious affiliation. Apart from the ceremonial character, whose importance was moral above all, the celebration of the holidays was also used for political military purposes aiming at accomplishing the idea of creating a common Yugoslav state.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 7-20
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Serbian