Serbia
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National symbols of Serbia

Serbia is a country located in the west-central Balkans, the core republic of Yugoslavia. The Serbian flag consists of three equal bands of national colors; red symbolizing the country’s bloodshed, blue for liberty, and white representing the mother’s milk. The flag also has the coat of arms, also the national symbols, the white double-headed eagle and the Serbian cross. The capital is the cosmopolitan city of Belgrade, while its official language is Serbian. The ethnic diversity in the country includes Serbs, Hungarians, Romans, and Bosniaks. The majority of the population is Christian. Serbia uses “Serbian Dinar” as their official money. The country code is “+381,” and the official domain is “.rs.”

Serbia’s founder is considered “Karadorde,” who led the uprising against the Ottomans in the early 19th century and was the first ruler of the Karadjordjevic Dynasty. Serbians celebrate “the Statehood Day,” the 15th of February when the uprising started as their national day. The national hero is Milos Obilic, a reputable Serbian Knight who fought against the Ottomans during the Ottoman invasion of Serbia and assassinated Sultan Murad in the Battle of Kosovo.

One of Serbia’s national symbols is “Bubanj Memorial Park,” which was built after World War II to remember the shooting and the execution of more than 10 000 Serbians. The national mausoleum is the “Tomb of People’s Heroes,” reserving the graves of the “Order of the People’s Hero,” people who served the country with extraordinary heroic deeds for Yugoslavia.

The country’s national animal is the wolf, while the national bird is the “golden eagle.” “The Lily of the Valley” is also seen as a national symbol and the national flower, while “the Oak” is the national tree. “Gibanica,” an egg and cheese pie made with filo dough, and “Pljeskavica,” a type of ground beef, is considered the national dish. And the national drink of Serbia is “Rakija,” a variety of the anis liquor raki, flavored with fruits.

Serbia’s national folkloric dance is called “Cacak,” which describes a family of 10 measure (20 step) dances typical to the Balkan area. The national dress consists of leather shoes called “Opanci,” a V-shaped cap called “Šajkača,” or a “Šubara,” which is a conical shape hat for cold weathers. The national instrument is the “Serbian Gusle,” a basic string instrument. The most popular sport in the country is football, like most Balkans. Serbia also has an airline, “Air Serbia.”

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