In Serbia there are three villages that carry the name Stapari or Stapar. Those are Stapari near Valjevo and Užice and Stapar near Sombor. Due to significant migration of Serbian population caused by the Austro-Turkish wars of 1684/1697, 1714/1718 and 1737/1739 the villages in Užice region were almost completely abandoned. In addition to the Great Migration of the Serbs under Patriarch Arsenije III Čarnojević in 1690, the biggest migration of the people of the region of Užice happened in 1739 and the historical sources indicate that Prince Atanasije Rašković led around 6000 families form Stari Vlah and Zlatibor  through Valjevo and the river Sava to Srem and Slavonia, the southern part of Hungary. During these great migrations, a certain number of people settled in a hamlet of the village of Beomužević, near Valjevo and they named their new home Stapari, which was confirmed by Ljubomir Ljuba Pavlović in his book "Kolubara i Podgorina" (published in 1907). It is believed that the Stapar near Sombor originated in the same way. Either way, the inhabitants of all three villages decided to get together and socialize.

At the initiative of the people of Stapar near Sombor, in 2002, these villages began organizing meetings called "Staparijada". This event was created in order to get to know the cultures and traditions of the villages, as well as to socialize, along with appropriate cultural, entertainment and sports program. In Stapari near Užice, Staparijada was held in 2003 and 2006. No matter where and when it was held, Staparijada was always fun, unique and unrepeatable. Unfortunately, in recent years, this event is not held with all of the original activities, except for the meetings of the football teams. Because of great cultural and social significance, the hope remains that Staparijada continues to exist...


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