The National Museum marks 133rd anniversary with Haggadah, orchids and coffee

The National Museum marks 133rd anniversary with Haggadah, orchids and coffee

SARAJEVO, February 1 (FENA) – On this day 133 years ago, the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the oldest cultural and scientific institution in BiH, was founded.

According to the Director of that institution, Mirsad Sijarić, that anniversary is important for all those who are interested in some kind of development and continuity. Not only in culture but also the social life of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“What limits us, apart from the conditions in which we have been working and living lately, is the fact that we have not managed to resolve the status of this institution as well as the other six institutions. It affects our business and planning. The National Museum can be maintained in the existing circumstances, but it does not need sustainability but development, planning,” stated Sijarić.

A large number of contents were offered at the event marking February 1, the day when the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina was founded.

Thus, visitors to the Museum had the opportunity to see a copy of the Passover Haggadah, a Jewish illuminated manuscript, known worldwide as the Sarajevo Haggadah. The Haggadah itself (Hebrew story, narration) is a collection of religious precepts and traditions included in the prayer order marking Pesach, a holiday that celebrates the liberation of Jews from Egyptian slavery.

The opening of the exhibition “In the Footsteps of Wild Orchids” at the Department of Natural Sciences by Ermana Lagumdžija was also organized.

The exhibition provides visitors with the opportunity to get acquainted with the small gems of the Bosnian flora that are part of the landscape for all those who are careful enough to recognize them.

The author of the exhibition, Ermana Lagumdžija, pointed out that in this exhibition the emphasis is placed on autochthonous species of orchids, i.e. those wild orchids that grow in BiH.

Lagumdžija states that the exhibition shows only 20 autochthonous domestic species of orchids, and species that are with a high degree of endangerment are shown, not only in BiH but also on the international red list.

According to Lagumdžija, orchids are also protected by the Washington Convention, i.e. the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

During the day, the exhibition “Break” will be opened at the Department of Ethnology. The authors of the exhibition are Samir Avdić, Lebiba Džeko, Nirha Efendić, Ernis Šljivo, Lejla Bečar and Amar Zahiragić.

“Time-out” is an exhibition dedicated to the tradition of drinking coffee and enjoying tobacco in the culture and tradition of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The ritual of drinking coffee, as written in the program, ordered that all work and hurry be postponed for a moment, giving coffee and tobacco the meaning of a break and amusement.

Having gone through the historical, cultural, but also the economic path of coffee and tobacco, ethnologists have tried to explain their significance and influence on the culture of the local people. Also, an important part of the exhibition is dedicated to cigarettes during the war – as a phenomenon of break and exhalation, but also the role of cigarettes in the war, as means of payment, emphasizing their psychological effect on the average person – an apparent escape from the cruel everyday life.