Harmony Day - Serbian Orthodox Weddings

Serbian Orthodox Weddings

On Sunday 17th March 2013, Susan Petkovich from the Serbian Catholic Mission at Langwarrin, gave a presentation on the rituals and traditions of a Serbian Orthodox wedding at the Frankston Library. Susan brought along traditional Serbian costumes, wedding crowns and candles and we shared Serbian food and cookies, music and a chance to dance together in celebration. A wonderful way to fully experience the Serbian Orthodox faith and culture.

This was the latest in the Harmony Day ‘Faiths and Weddings’ series.  Harmony Day is held on March 21st each year and it is a national day of celebration around Australia when all Australians are asked to celebrate our cultural diversity.   The day is also the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Harmony day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the diversity in our Australian faith communities.  We acknowledge their uniqueness while also looking at what we all have in common around the theme of the wedding celebration. 

This Harmony Day celebration allowed us to gain more understand about the Orthodox Christian faith, culture and traditions which in turn helps to build understanding among our network members and in our community.