Re: VUCKOVICH - living in Pennsylvania
Here's some more info on the Vuckovic surname in Croatia from our friends at http://www.benkovac.co.yuhttp://www.benkovac.co.yu :
Vuckovices in Croatia originate from (and can still be found there) Vrpolje (between Slavonski Brod and Vinkovci in the Slavonia region of Croatia) and Polaca (in the Knin area).The family "slava" or saint (considered to be the protector of the family and made for a great exuse for large gatherings with family and friends during Turkish rule in the area when such gathering were otherwize prohibitted)was Sveti Nikola (also the most "poular" saint in Serbia and my family saint - before I got married that is).You can learn more about slavas at http://www.serbianorthodoxchurch.comhttp://www.serbianorthodoxchurch.com.Slavas (celebration of family saint) should take place at the father's house and then the house of the eldest son once the father has passed away.The celebration of Sv. Nikola is on November 19th (and slavas usually last at about two days, during which family and friends come over to celebrate with the hosts).When the day of the celebration falls on a Wednesday or Sunday, the feast should include nothing taken from any animal (fish, of course not included there) and a simple desert type dish is prepared from whole wheat (with wallnuts and other tidbits) and placed on a large plate.As the guests arrive, the hostess (or daughter) aproaches each guest with this offering and each must take at least a spoonful.(The ritual is like with bread and wine in Catholisism and the significance is equal).
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