On the eve of Christmas, Kosovo’s Serbs have been following tradition and gathering branches to be burned in remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Orthodox Christians around the world will mark Christmas on January 7. But some Serbs in Kosovo fear this could be the last such celebration in their homes.
They could flee if the province’s ethnic Albanian leaders, as expected, declare independence from Belgrade.
One young Kosovo Serb, collecting branches near Mitrovica, said he would not leave but predicted lots of other Serbs would go.
“No matter what happens, we will stay here,” another teenager added.
“I will defend my home. I hope that this is not our last Christmas here.”
Amid Christmas preparations, the province’s future remains uppermost in many minds – not least in Mitrovica, a town divided between Kosovo’s minority Serbs and the ethnic Albanian majority.
For now, Kosovo’s sovereignty remains with Serbia, although the province has been run by the UN and patrolled by NATO peacekeepers since Serbian forces were driven out in 1999.
However 2008 could bring major changes, giving Christmas a special significance for this Orthodox community.
Copyright © 2014 euronews
- 1Putin tries to reassure over rouble worries, but also slams the West
- 2Eight children stabbed to death in Cairns, Australia.
- 3Ukraine: Conflict could soon be over says optimist President Poroshenko
- 4US homeowner ‘defending his castle’ found guilty of killing German teenager
- 5EU summit agrees 300 billion euro fund to avert crisis
- 1Rosetta team is euronews’ people of 2014
- 2Putin answers press questions on Ukraine, NATO and the Russian economy
- 3US homeowner ‘defending his castle’ found guilty of killing German teenager
- 4New era for US-Cuba relations after 18 months of secret talks
- 5Ukraine: Conflict could soon be over says optimist President Poroshenko
- 1Rosetta team is euronews’ people of 2014
- 2Thailand’s Princess Srirasmi renounces royal status and will divorce
- 3Left-wing extremists run riot in upscale Zurich, Switzerland
- 4Italian singer-song writer ‘Pino’ dies on stage
- 5Australia: two hostages and gunman dead after police storm Sydney siege café
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2What will you ask US Senator John McCain? | euronews, world news
- 3Watch: Passengers ‘push-start’ frozen plane in Siberia | euronews, world news
- 4Le Pen: I admire ‘cool head’ Putin’s resistance to West’s new Cold War | euronews, interview
- 5McCain blasts Europe’s approach to Ukraine conflict ‘a joke’ | euronews, the global conversation
- 6Which countries in Europe cause the most air pollution damage? | euronews, world news
- 7Moldova pro-EU parties take narrow lead in elections | euronews, world news
- 8Grenoble: Europe’s first ad-free city | euronews, world news
- 9NATO joins search for ‘Russian submarine’ off Scottish coast | euronews, world news
- 10European Union News | euronews: latest breaking news and headlines about European Union
- 11Obama’s ‘risky’ immigration gamble | euronews, world news
- 12Ukraine reports accident at Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant | euronews, world news
- 13Crude awakening: Romania’s Black Sea oil and gas finds fuel Europe’s energy hopes | euronews, reporter
- 14Irony as organised crime prosecutor arrested for corruption in Romania | euronews, world news
- 15The American Century comes to an end as China becomes the world’s largest economy | euronews, economy
- 16European e-revolution people rise up | euronews, world news
- 17International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 18Belgium’s former queen Fabiola dies at 86 | euronews, world news
- 19Germans demand honour for Turkish woman beaten to death | euronews, world news
- 20Chechen ‘death’ unit fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 12:48 CET Japanese activist challenges secrets law with whistleblower tool
- 12:26 CET U.N. chief, visiting Ebola countries, urges respect for health…
- 12:23 CET China arrests American Christian aid worker near North Korean…
- 12:10 CET Five more Ukrainian soldiers killed despite truce – Kiev military
- 11:59 CET Kenya’s Kenyatta signs security law despite protests
- 11:54 CET French far-right mayor gets one-year ban over campaign funds
- 11:46 CET Financial fraud uncovered at branch of Franciscan order
- 11:37 CET Hong Kong former official, property tycoon guilty in graft case