BELGRADE – Serbia marked St. Vitus Day on Sunday, a great national holiday dedicated to the Battle of Kosovo against the Turks that took place on June 28, 1389.
The central ceremony was held in Krusevac where Bishop Danilo held the Holy Liturgy at the St. Stephen Church, the endowment of Prince Lazar, after which a memorial service was held at the Monument to Kosovo Heroes.
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, Defence Minister Bratislav Gasic and Chief-of-staff of the Serbian Armed Forces Ljubisa Dikovic laid wreaths at the monument and paid tribute to Prince Lazar and his soldiers with highest military honors.
The ceremonies devoted to Serbian Prince Lazar and Kosovo heroes, who lost their lives putting up magnificent resistance to the Turkish conqueror began on Saturday evening with concerts in Belgrade and Kosovo’s Gracanica Monastery.
“St. Vitus’ Day is the holiday of Serbia’s freedom and Serbs are defined by one word only – freedom,” said Serbian Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Issues Aleksandar Vulin at the concert held in Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Park.
In the collective memory of the Serbian nation, St. Vitus symbolizes freedom, resistance, cherishing patriotism, national being, chivalry and heroism.