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While dancing, Nada was caught and lifted so that someone could steal her felt slippers, "opanke," from off her feet. Her protector, the "stari svat," since he failed in his duty, buys them back and replaces them.
Katrina Thomas's notes: Serbian society centers around the Orthodox Church, as does the community in Milwaukee, where I photograph two weddings in a splendid cathedral, built in 1956-58, in which couples celebrate both the nuptial rite and the reception. One couple belongs to a folk dance group and elects to wear national dress, keeping many old-world customs at the home of the bride before the church ceremony as well as later during the reception in the church hall.