Traditional Mowing on Rajac and 1st International Conference: “Public events – way to develop and recognize the rural areas”,15 – 17 July , 2011, Ljig, Serbia



SWG supported the Regional Center for development of villages “MOBA” from Serbia to organize the Traditional 39th event “Mowing on Rajac” within which the First International Conference entitled: “Public events – way to develop and recognize the rural areas” was held on July 16th.

The conference was followed by 50 participants who carefully followed the presentations from more than 12 experts from 5 countries (Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Switzerland). During the three sessions, the following topics were presented and discussed:

  • Traditional Agricultural Public events – their influence on development of rural tourism;
  • Local products, active contents of small family farms as important factor for the future development of the rural tourism;
  • Link between the Public events and side activities (hunting, fishing, sport…) and their influence on rural tourism development;
  • Old handicrafts and souvenirs as enlargement to the rural tourism offer

The traditional 39th Mowing on Rajac took part on Sunday, July 17th.
During this year’s event which is recognized as one of Serbian brands, besides the competition of the best Mowers from different countries and colorful offer of various contents (fair of traditional handicrafts, rural tourism offer, cultural program, etc.).

“Mowing on Rajac”, the traditional internationally recognized folk event with a history started in 1892, symbolically represents and celebrates the end of the mowing of mountainous meadows.

Local and foreign participants compete in mowing of mountain grass for 40 years, every July. Songs and dances, traditional dishes are served on embroidered white tablecloths on the meadows on Rajac mountain situated in northeast part of Serbia, near the vivid city of Ljig.

To download the programme click here ; to download the presentations here
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