Vostani Serbie

I would like to present to you a wonderful song, Vostani Serbie, meaning Rise Again, Serbia. It was written and composed by reformist Dositej Obradovic in the early 19th century, and used as an informal national anthem in the First Serbian Uprising of 1804. It had a strong chance of becoming the national anthem of Serbia to replace the Yugoslav national anthem Hej Sloveni (Hey Slavs), and also later, when Serbia once again became independent in 2006, but since Serbia as a state only had one national anthem in the past, and that was Boze Pravde, or God of Justice, logically, God of Justice was chosen as the national anthem once again. But, this song, Vostani Serbie, nevertheless is a beautiful song, sung in a bit archaic (old) Serbian. The song also glorifies Bosnia, which is called the Serbian sister, as well as the sea land of Montenegro. And they all rejoice as Serbia rises from the ashes after centuries of Ottoman Turkish rule.

Here is the literal translation of the text and please see the video, the link is below. This song always makes me cry. Always.

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In His Own Words…

My friend, [Petar], wrote a very eloquent email about what Serbia, Kosovo, and being a Serb means to him. Several have asked permission to republish it. He has graciously consented to that and I want to share with you his story, in his words. [Some personally identifying information has been omitted to protect privacy.]

Walter has asked a bit more about me so here it is.

Okay. My name is [Petar], last name not important. I am [36], I was born in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia, and since then I have changed 4 countries: SFR Yugoslavia (Tito and post Tito); FR Yugoslavia (Milosevic); Serbia & Montenegro (post-Milosevic); and now Serbia (full name Republic of Serbia). That’s 4 countries in 18 years. It was not just the name that had changed. The borders changed, and the country is now much smaller than the country I was originally born in. The street names changed. The passports changed. The ID cards changed. The license plates changed. The holidays changed. The national symbols changed. The currency changed. Everything changed. Basically, the system changed from a fully closed Communist state to a more open Socialist state, to a mixture of dying Socialism and emerging Nationalism, to what we have today – what most of the world refers to a young democracy, or a country in transition. I believe we have made a lot of progress since the fall of Milosevic. Of course, there is so much more to be done. I remain to be an optimist, that is the only thing keeping me going. I could have chosen to live in Canada or [Austria] because some of my close and distant family members live there. But, precisely because I love my country, I decided to stay and face the music, as Americans say. And I faced the music alright….

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