There are several variants of the Serbian language.The older forms of Serbian are Old Serbian and Russo-Serbian, a version of the Church Slavonic language.Serbian is the only European language with active digraphia, using both Cyrillic and Latin alphabets.
The reasons for this range from economical to cultural.
Food preparation is a strong part of the Serbian family tradition.
However, traditionally, only lunch and dinner existed, with breakfast being introduced in the second half of the 19th century.
Ćevapčići consisting of grilled heavily seasoned mixed ground meat patties is considered to be the national dish.
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.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.Other common surname suffixes are -ov or -in which is the Slavic possessive case suffix, thus Nikola's son becomes Nikolin, Petar's son Petrov, and Jovan's son Jovanov. Most people in Serbia will have three meals daily, breakfast, lunch and dinner, with lunch being the largest and most important meal.Other notable dishes include Koljivo used in religious rituals, Serbian salad, Sarma (stuffed cabbage), podvarak (roast meat with sauerkraut) and Moussaka. A number of foods which are simply bought into Supermarkets from the West, are often made at home in Serbia.These include rakija (fruit brandy), slatko, jam, jelly, and pickled foods (notably sauerkraut, ajvar and sausage).Serbian desserts are a mixture of other Balkan desserts and desserts native to central Serbia.