I was born in an Orthodox family, and I can say that the most valuable Holiday is Christmas, coming even before Easter. The most wonderful and tastiest dinner is the Orthodox Christmas Eve dinner. We, in Macedonia call it “Badnik” (Бадник, Бадникова вечер), and is a great moment to gather with the closest family and enjoy the holly supper.
Orthodox Christmas Eve dinner
Orthodox Christmas is on the 7th of January (This is according to the Julian calendar, which comes before the Gregorian calendar), so our Badnik is on the 6th of January. On the evening on that day, everyone is known to be home. We have a wonderful tradition to break a home baked bread with a coin inside, we call it Pogacha (Погача). Everyone who is on the table gets a piece of the bread and who gets the coin is considered to be the luckiest that year, protected by God.
There are different types of food we prepare, and we avoid meat and anything else from animal (except fish, because it is ok to eat fish, they don’t have any feelings)for that dinner. This Orthodox Christmas Eve I spend it in my home together with my boyfriend and some friends. I cooked all afternoon, since I was night shift before. I was afraid if I am going to manage, but luckily I did. I made Christmas cookies, Sarma, Beans, Zelnik, Pogacha,boiled some chestnuts, baked a pumpkin and my boyfriend prepared the fish. Everything was delicious. I do need to improve my cooking when it comes to Pogacha and Zelnik, but I am very satisfied how everything come up.
Here is the food I served on the table:
I added some drinks, mainly red wine, or Rakija and what ever everyone else wants. The dinner is ready. I really enjoyed how I spend my Orthodox Christmas Eve dinner, and I couldn’t stop eating. Hope you all have just an idea how it looks like. There are many more things to do and explain and eat, but I really hope you all have the opportunity to enjoy this kind of dinner someday.
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