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Traditional Prom - Serbian Prom Tradition

Updated on June 1, 2012

History Pictures for Some - Parts of tradition

Every class poses before entering into chosen object (usually hotel). Everyone can picture, but there is just one photographer that students can buy pictures from ... Pretty weird, but that is also part of tradition.
Every class poses before entering into chosen object (usually hotel). Everyone can picture, but there is just one photographer that students can buy pictures from ... Pretty weird, but that is also part of tradition. | Source
Students can gather, into couples, groups or individuals - if they want to have an recall to this big happening in their lives. Also, one photographer is dedicated to this occasion. This is too part of tradition.
Students can gather, into couples, groups or individuals - if they want to have an recall to this big happening in their lives. Also, one photographer is dedicated to this occasion. This is too part of tradition. | Source
Part of tradition too is to take a picture with Your boyfriend - if You are girl, of course. As You can see, lafamillia - me, took its part and my girl is definitely a "prom-queen". Prom-queen is NOT an tradition in Serbia.
Part of tradition too is to take a picture with Your boyfriend - if You are girl, of course. As You can see, lafamillia - me, took its part and my girl is definitely a "prom-queen". Prom-queen is NOT an tradition in Serbia. | Source
Part of prom-tradition, too. Taking a picture with best friend in those 4 years in high-school.
Part of prom-tradition, too. Taking a picture with best friend in those 4 years in high-school. | Source
The MOST IMPORTANT THING of "prom-tradition", making an "historical-picture" with parents. In this case with my girlfriends mom.
The MOST IMPORTANT THING of "prom-tradition", making an "historical-picture" with parents. In this case with my girlfriends mom. | Source

Example of traditional holiday

Balkan peninsula has been always kind of different from rest of a World. It's well known that Balkan people, have so called "slava" 's - for example, holiday that nobody else have. It's the day, one day usually, that head of the family - father - brings to the family, so whole family accepts its "slava". "Slava" is usually a day when head of the family is baptized on - most popular are : "Sveti Nikola" (Saint Nikola), "Sveti Stefan" (Saint Stefan), and "Djurdjevdan".

Traditional Serbian way of celebrating prom

The tradition of celebrating finishing of school is an holiday celebrated all over the world.The prom night is something that is, especially for girls, something that they are getting ready for from they fifth grade. Once again, Serbia is different from others - and it has some traditional way of celebrating the prom.

Getting ready


It's widely known that Serbian salaries are the lowest in South-Eastern region of Europe. Being surrounded Hungary on North, Romania and Bulgaria on East, Croatia on the West, and Albania on South - Serbia is under the influence, from ancient history 'till day today's, of Eastern and Western culture.

Getting ready for prom is the most hardest thing for parents in Serbia. They can't say: "No!" ,on what their "matured" kid has chosen. With budget for the prom night - even to have one - parents have to separate one and a half average salary. (around 400 euros - in total )


Getting Ready - Biggest Hit on Family Budget

Getting ready for prom night, whether it's "small" or "big" prom - the shopping for that, unique night, that one night stands about 400 euros for average night. Of course, there are cheaper versions - but, mostly inexplicably thing is that Serbs spend most on getting ready for prom night and "slava" 's.

800$ or 400euros! That is the price of getting shopped:

  1. A nice dress
  2. Bolero (i.e)
  3. Shoes
  4. Make-up
  5. Hair-cut and styling
  6. Manicure
  7. Pedicure

So, seven things for girls. Girls are the prettier side, so I will go with them in this article (hub).
Take a look just on list. Serbs, even tho on the bottom of the life standard list of Europe - are the nation that are in top 3 countries by the amount of money spared on preparation and shopping.

Shopping itself, is very expensive for an average family. If You take in mind that every family has about 2 kids, that is 2 times 2 proms. 2 x "small prom", and 2 x "big prom".

Interesting thing is that when it comes to evaluating, which prom is more expensive, results are same! Believe it or not, shopping for one 14-15 years old girl or 18-19 years old girl is the same !

Serbs spend always more than they can afford!

Buying cheaper accessories for "biggest night" for girls - in this stage of life - can maybe be the gateway for worried parents, HOW WILL THEY FEED FAMILY AFTER PROM-NIGHT?
Buying cheaper accessories for "biggest night" for girls - in this stage of life - can maybe be the gateway for worried parents, HOW WILL THEY FEED FAMILY AFTER PROM-NIGHT? | Source

Shopping for prom-night sometimes require DEBT!

Banks in Serbia, in this time - around May - offer "easy cash" credits more than usually to citizens. Why? - People are on the literally on the edge of poverty.

In this situation, where "No" to dress is not an option, or "No" to anything - is NOT AN OPTION , banks are offering an fake gate-away. Credit - taking a credit from any bank is another step going into debt of already hugely charged society. Recently, banks are in problem with firms generally - not knowing how to invoice their credit. Now, they are paying private firms for "invoicing debts". Citizens of Serbia are generally, citizens with top reputation when it comes to paying of debts.

But, is it reasonable to go into huge debt (fast cash for shopping dresses, shoes, makeup ... ) with high percentage of interest rate, only for buying new dress, shoes, new makeup, manicure, pedicure and stuff like that, instead of maybe going with the "families finance potential" and maybe buying in second-hand ?!

- Believe or not, this is another part of "tradition" - if You ask any citizen of Serbia. On question: "Are You ready for forthcoming expenses for prom-night?" - the answer is traditionally : " Even if I'm not, as a parent - I have to make-up something like borrowing money or taking a credit, but my girl has to have all best! ".

Are we, as a country with lowest life standard in Europe, except Albania and maybe Bosnia - capable of maintaining this "expensive tradition" , or not ?

Think twice.

- MONEY -

Do You spare more money, than You have - on buying accessories neede for prom night ?

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