Serbian culture refers to the culture of Serbia and of ethnic Serbs.
Early on, Serbs may have been influenced by the Paleo-Balkan peoples.
Their modern descendants are considered to be members of the Gorani and Bosniak ethnic groups.The Serbian Orthodox Church was the westernmost bastion of Orthodox Christianity in Europe, which shaped its historical fate through contacts with Catholicism and Islam.Slatko is a traditional Serbian dessert popular throughout Serbia and it can be found in most Serbian restaurants in the Balkans and in the diaspora. The most popular brands are Jelen Pivo and Lav Pivo.Rakija, a plum brandy commonly known by popular brand name Slivovitz (original spelling šljivovica, from šljiva = plum) is a distilled fermented plum juice. Serbs speak the Serbian language, a member of the South Slavic group of languages, specifically in the Southwestern Slavic group with the Southeastern Slavic languages including Macedonian and Bulgarian.Meanwhile, in northern regions Habsburg Monarchy expanded into modern Serbian territory starting from the end of the 17th century, culturally bounding this part of the nation to Central Europe rather than Balkans.
Central Serbia was the first to emancipate as the Principality of Serbia in 1815, and started to gradually expand into Ottoman and Habsburg-held regions.
During World War II, the Serbs, living in a wide area, were persecuted by various peoples and organizations.
The Catholic Croats within the Independent State of Croatia recognized the Serbs only as "Croats of the Eastern faith" and had the ideological vision that 1/3 of the Serbs were to be murdered, 1/3 were to be converted and the last third expelled.
Serbian desserts are a mixture of other Balkan desserts and desserts native to central Serbia.
Desserts served are usually Uštipci, Tulumbe, Krofne and Palačinke (crepes).
It is estimated that some two thirds of all Serbian surnames end in -ić but that some 80% of Serbs carry such a surname with many common names being spread out among tens and even hundreds of non-related extended families. The most common surnames are Marković, Nikolić, Petrović, and Jovanović.