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Colors of Banja Luka - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Ethnic diversity is one of the main national peculiarities of Banja Luka. There are many ethnic groups that practice different religions and follow different national traditions. That said, local people have similar rules and beliefs concerning norms and regulations, and all tourists shouldn’t break them. Local people care about the process of eating food, so eating while on the move or standing is considered impolite. It is not recommended to start a conversation with people who have just started eating. Eating and talking is also not common.
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Many traditions of local people might seem a bit odd to tourists. For example, they give and take money or food with their right hand only. While talking to or greeting people, do not look into eyes – steadfast gazing might confuse local people. At the same time, Banja Luka locals adopted many traditions and rules from Europeans. Nowadays, the city is one of the most modern and actively developing in the whole country. Men usually greet each other with a handshake, and women have same rights as the sterner sex.
When it comes to clothes, there are no strict limitations in Banja Luka. Formal outfits have become widely popular in the city. Only some women add headscarves to their elegant costumes. Tourists don’t need to limit themselves and plan their outfits carefully. The only thing to remember is that revealing or extravagant clothes are more suitable for prestigious restaurants and bars. Tourists dressed this way during the daytime may simply be not allowed to enter some cultural venues and religious landmarks. Copyright
Couples who want to spend time in romantic ambience can choose a sophisticated Hotel Talija. Its rooms are designed in different styles; one of the suites is decorated in golden tones and … Open
The abundance of smoking people is one more striking peculiarity of locals. It is allowed to smoke virtually everywhere, with governmental offices, museums, and theatres being only exceptions. In every restaurant, close to shopping centers, and even in public transport it is often possible to see people holding a cigarette. At the same time, there are many signs that prohibit taking photographs or recording video. Prior to taking a picture of local people, it is important to ask permission. It may also be needed to receive authorization to take photographs of some cultural objects and landmarks.
WP_001384 Banja Luka is a modern and vibrant city, and so there is always something going on there. However, tourists, who like various events and festivals, might prefer to visit Banja Luka in summer. The city hosts numerous music festivals of different styles – rock, electronic music, reggae, traditional Balkan music, and more. Many events take place near the ancient fortress that creates a special atmosphere. On such days, it feels like a big part of the city turns into a vibrant medieval town where fun and entertainment never stop. In June, Banja Luka hosts Neofest International Peace Festival that gathers hip-hop, funk, and reggae bands. October is the best time for fans of jazz music because of the Jazzlook Festival that attracts many jazz and blues bands to the city.
Boska is one of the most famous and visited shops. It is a four-storey shopping complex, which is located in the heart of the city. In dozens of shopping pavilions presented here, you can … Open
Fans of films also have a suitable event to attend. The Banja Luka International Film Festival is the largest film-related event in Republika Srpska. It usually takes place in April. There is only one larger cinema festival in the region - the International Film Festival in Sarajevo. In May, the city hosts International Animation Film Festival, and Kratkofil International Short Film Festival in June. These festivals usually offer a diversified program that includes press conferences with famous actors, directors, producers, and other filmmakers, workshops, lectures in English, autograph sessions, and more.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Banja Luka and surroundings

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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Banja Luka
♥   Katedrala Sv. Bonaventure, Banja Luka, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Katedrala sv. Terezije Avilske, Požega, 73.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Banja Luka
♥   Castle 'Kastel Fortress' Banja Luka, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Bočac Fortress' Bočac, 29.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Komotin Castle' Jajce, 42.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Jajce Castle' Jajce, 48.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Banja Luka and around

Monument to Battle of Kozar

From the series “The most famous buildings of communism”
The construction of the unusual monument was fully completed in 1972. It has a non-standard cylindrical shape. Vertical segments form the structure of the monument. They are made of steel. Such a structure has a very symbolic meaning. As the author of the project explains, all the voids in the monument symbolize death. They are kind of symbols of enemy forces. Outstanding blocks are a symbol of life and victory. … Read further

National traditions of Bosnia And Herzegovina

Bosnian women have long been able to work in many spheres, but home life is often patriarchal and clearly divided by roles. Even a working woman does the cleaning and cooking, while her husband works in the yard or just lies on a couch after work. In younger families, men and women often do housework together. Nevertheless, traditional gender roles are still strong. Bosnian women are often condemned if they want to go in for sports. Quite recently, society did not accept women training in fitness centers - after all, women are expected to be feminine, not sporty. … Open
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Hilton builds third luxury hotel in Kyoto

The project organizers note that the new Kyoto hotel is perfect for both business and leisure. Just to remind you, the opening of the Roku Kyoto hotel took place in the city in 2021. The luxury hotel also never ceases to amaze guests with its exquisite atmosphere and variety of services. It is close to famous attractions like Kinkaku-ji Temple, and Shozan Resort Kyoto Pavilion is a short walk from the hotel. Read this


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Traditions and festivals in cities around Banja Luka

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