Djurdjevdan is a South-Slavic religious holiday, celebrated on April 23 by the Julian calendar (May 6 by Gregorian calendar), which is the feast of Saint George and a very important “Slava”.
He is one of the most important Christian saints in Orthodox churches: the patron saint of Slav, Georgian and Circassian Christian warriors, Cossacks, Chetniks, and armies.
This holiday is attached to the tradition of celebrating the beginning of spring.
Christian synaxaria hold that St. George was a martyr who died for his faith. On icons, he is usually depicted as a man riding a horse and killing a dragon. Djurdjevdan is celebrated all over the Serbian diaspora but mainly in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia.
Djurdjevdan is also celebrated by the Gorani from the Gora region in southern Kosovo. The Gorani are a Slavic Muslim group, who converted from Orthodox Christianity to Islam during the 18th century but kept a few Serbian – Christian traditions, including Djurdjevdan. The holiday has a center in and around the village of Globocica. It’s also celebrated by members of the uncanonical Montenegrin Orthodox Church.
Djurdjevdan is also a major holiday for Romani from former Yugoslavia, whether Orthodox or Muslim.