The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-Eastern Europe Europe within the SWG project: “Strengthening regional capacities for rural development through integrated forest and water resources management in Southeast Europe (LEIWW)” will support the organization of the regional event “Day of Mowing – Romanija 2017” , which will be organized by the Tourism Organization of Sokolac and held on the 8th July, 2017.
“Day of Mowing- Romanija 2017” is an international tourism event which represents the countryside tradition of Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) related to mowing mountain grass by hand, as well as celebration of completion of this important seasonal work as a traditional economic-tourist event, organized with the aim of valorization of ethnography of Romanija region. The mowers from Montenegro, Serbia, Republic of Srpska and the Federation of B&H will show their skills in this competition of mowing grass on the plain which leans on Brezjak, a well-known Sokolac resort.
The event dates to 1975, with brief interruptions, when it was known as “UPI’s Days of Mowing”, which gathered mowers from the entire B&H. This event is being enriched every year. The event is traditionally held in early July, and is designed so that in addition to the competition of mowers in hand-cut grass (individual and team), also some interesting athletic competitions are presented (throwing stone from the shoulder, standing long jump, wrestling on the log, pulling the rope etc.). All these disciplines are accompanied by the performances of cultural and artistic groups from this region and people interested in agricultural machinery will have a chance to see the machines and tools that are being exhibited during the program. Producers of honey and other bee products, who are owners of many awards from different trade events, will also present their products in this occasion. Of course, there are also products of textile handicraft. At the end of the event, a lunch with traditional meals will be organized for all competitors.