New Year in Montenegro


Ten, nine, eight, seven…exactly at midnight, make a wish in one of Montenegrin squares! Enjoy the all night party and greet January 1 with faith in a better tomorrow.  From the coast through to the mountains, to suit all pockets and tastes, you can welcome a new year as you wish, outdoors or in a hotel or bar.      

If you wish to be a part of mass mood and euphoria, fireworks ”exactly at 12”, the perfect choise is the celebration in Budva. Concerts of national pop or falk stars on the New Year’s Eve have become habitual for the coastal capital. Citizens of Budva are joined by visitors from various countries, especially those of former Yugoslavia.              

Kotor has been famous through centuries for its festivities in the labyrint of its stony streets. Here, among walls of the historical centre, the atmosphere gets boosted by free, creative spirit of both local people and faithful tourists who always return to Kotor. Year by year, local authorities organize New Year outdoor celebrations also in Herceg Novi, Bar, Podgorica, Kolasin, Bijelo Polje, Niksic,... being always the same unforgettable New Year tales.

For the wildest night, the favorite destination of Montenegrins is the mountain area of Zabljak. A small settlement with a number of bars in a single street, dipped into snow cover, offers an experience of a real winter fairytale. After sunrise, festive  dizziness sobers down by winter sports.

The price of attending an ”indoor” party depends on the exclusiveness of the organizer, hotel, discoteque, and on music stars who perform.  

And yet, curtains are not down on January 1. The midnight countdown is repeated on the second and third of January in all Montenegrin towns. Parties are said to get always better, after the first sweet tensions are gone, and bars and hotels are hosts to parties as wild as if they were the first. The prices are half-cut compared to the prime night.

Not even then the story ends. New Year in Montenegro, with Orthodox Christians making about 75% of the population, is also celebrated in the night between 13th and 14th of January, according to Julian calendar. The same movie plays again. The only thing different are messages of peace and wishes for spiritual welfare delivered to people by priests.

In Podgorica, in front of the St. George Church there is a traditional celebration enriched by spiritual, cultural, and art programs, concerts of solo-performers, church choirs, celebrity performers from Montenegro and Serbia.

On the first day of the “Orthodox Christian New Year” there are two great Christian feasts – the Circumcision of Jesus Christ and the Saint Basil the Great, which are being mentioned during prefestive evening services and liturgies on the feasts themselves. At the end of the day, any reason to celebrate and any wish for better life may be nothing but good, no matter the faith.


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